Patients who undergo surgery are at high risk of blood clots during recovery. For people who cannot tolerate blood thinners, doctors may implant inferior vena cava (or IVC) filters to trap clots in the bloodstream. Although these filters were designed to save lives, many patients have experienced severe health problems due to defects in the device, leading to additional surgeries and even death.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received many reports of unintended injuries due to device migration and filter fractures—particularly with respect to the Bard IVC Filter. The most common injuries associated with these defects include:
- Interruption of blood flow to the lungs (called pulmonary embolism)
- Uncontrolled internal bleeding (called hemorrhages)
- Chest pain, difficulty breathing, and other respiratory problems
- Puncture or perforation of veins, blood vessels, and organs
- Constant, severe pain where pieces of the device have become lodged
- Strokes and heart attacks due to the device’s failure to trap blood clots
Although these devices have not been recalled, the FDA has recently updated its safety warning to stress prompt removal of Bard IVC filters. These devices are meant to be a temporary solution and should ideally be removed four weeks after surgery, or as soon as the patient is no longer at risk of blood clots.
If you’ve been injured by a Bard IVC filter, the legal team at McGartland Law Firm is here and ready to fight for you. We can help you hold the manufacturer of these devices accountable for the costs of your medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering—and we may be able to prevent these injuries from happening to someone else. Call us today to speak with an attorney about your defective medical device case.