By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 01, 2016
Inferior Vena Cava (“IVC”) Filters are small devices that are inserted in the body to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs in what is called a pulmonary embolism. These metal devices can be either permanent and temporary or “retrievable”. The Retrievable type of IVC Filter are removed, optimally, within the first two months after placement as the risk of a pulmonary embolism subsides. The Retrievable IVC Filters are intended for short term use and are often selected for patients who cannot take blood thinners. The device is often shaped in a spider-like fashion and is designed to catch blood clots before they can make their way to the lungs.
Retrievable IVC Filters have been associated with potential issues such as damage to the veins, failing to prevent the blood clots from traveling to the lungs, device breakage or fracture, or device migration as it moves in the body.
Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. is evaluating potential cases for Bard or Cook Medical Brand Retrievable IVC Filters implanted after 2003 for patients who sustain injuries from the device failure, fracture, perforation or migration.