What Is An IVC Filter?
IVC filters, which are manufactured by big medical device manufacturers such as Cook and Bard, have been known to cause significant injuries to patients because of safety issues with the IVC devices. An IVC filter is a medical device in the shape of a cone with spider-like wire, that is implanted into the “inferior vena cava” (IVC). The IVC is the vein that transports deoxygenated blood from the lower/middle part of the body to the right atrium of the heart. The IVC filter is implanted in order to prevent pulmonary embolisms from occurring; a pulmonary embolism is where the artery to your lungs is blocked (typically by a blood clot) and can cause shortness of breath, fainting, and even death. The IVC filter is designed to catch blood clots trying to move to the heart and lungs.
How Do IVC Filters Cause Injuries?