Are IVC Filters Useless?
The Annals of Surgery recently published a study questioning the effectiveness of IVC filters, which have been linked to more than 20 deaths and thousands of injuries. The objective of the study was to examine the relationship between IVC filters, deaths due to malfunctions of the filter, and occurrences of life-threatening blood clots.
The Numbers Do Not Lie
Researchers analyzed more than 800 trauma patients who were at a high risk of suffering a life-threatening blood clot and had IVC filters implanted between 2010 and 2014. According to the study,
not only did the filter fail to increase the survival rate in those patients, it was actually associated with an increase in the development of deep vein thrombosis, or a blood clot that typically forms in the legs. If this has happened to you or a loved one, it might be time to consider an IVC filter lawsuit.
What is an IVC Filter?
An IVC filter is a device that has several metal prongs, with an appearance similar to that of a spider. It is usually inserted near the groin into the inferior vena cava, which is the largest vein of the body. The filter is designed to catch blood clots that may form in the legs before they can travel to the heart or lungs.
Unfortunately, this device will often break, sending one of the prongs through the bloodstream. In many cases, a prong will puncture a major organ, causing severe health complications. While prongs that migrate can sometimes be surgically removed, they often must stay where they are because the risks of taking them out are simply too high.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a recommendation in 2010 after it received reports of more than 900 people who suffered complications after having an IVC filter implanted. The agency recommended that doctors take out the filter once the threat of blood clots has passed. However, the procedure is not only difficult, but it can be extremely dangerous as well.