IVC Filter Complications – Even the Young Are At Risk
An inferior vena cava filter (IVC filter) is a medical device intended to prevent life-threatening pulmonary embolisms. Most often used in elderly patients, it has also been used to treat younger patients injured in automobile and other traumatic accidents and catastrophes. Younger patients are usually stronger than their older counterparts and thought to withstand surgical rescue procedures with brighter outcomes. However, even young, otherwise healthy patients have suffered from devastating side effects caused by IVC filters including, but not limited to:
- device breaking apart
- poor device retrieval rates
- multiple follow up surgeries
- abdominal pain
- device migration into the lungs or abdomen
IVC filter devices were designed to help people recovering from accidents and surgery. They do this by helping prevent potentially fatal lung clots. The device is inserted into the inferior vena cava (IVC), the largest vein in the human body. Unfortunately, the IVC device has some risks that can be devastating, even leading to an untimely death.
When the device breaks apart or migrates, it can cause major damage that can be difficult to overcome. Additionally, most of these devices are not intended to be permanent and device retrieval has proven to be trying for surgeons and traumatic for patients.
Some popular brands of IVC filters are the Bard G2 Express filter, Bard Recovery filter, Cook Celect filter, Cook Gunther Tulip filter, and Boston Scientific Greenfield filter. No matter which brand of product your doctor used, you should not have experienced the life-altering side effects we’ve listed.