IVC Filter Injury: Bard and Cook Retrievable Filters

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Retrievable IVC filters are designed to catch blood clots in patients before they reach the lungs. The IVC or Inferior Vena Cava filter, is a very small device implanted by surgeons to stop migrating blood clots. They used as a last resort for patients who cannot take blood thinners to reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism. There are a number of manufacturers, but the most prominent are C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Their products which account for the vast majority of the market share include:

  • The Bard Recovery filter
  • The Bard G2 filter
  • The Bard G2 Express filter
  • The Bard Eclipse Filter
  • The Bard Meridian Filter
  • The Bard Denali Filter
  • The Cook Gunther Tulip filter
  • The Cook Celect filter

There are other filters which have also shown defects and failure rates above safe levels. These include:

  • ALN Implants Chirurgicaux (ALN Vena Cava Filters)
  • Argon Medical Devices, Inc. (Option Elite Retrievable Vena Cava Filter designed and manufactured by Rex Medical)
  • B. Braun Interventional Systems Inc. (VenaTech LP Vena Cava Filter)
  • Volcano Corporation (Crux Vena Cava Filter System)

If you or someone you know has suffered from complications of an IVC filter, contact the New York product liability lawyers at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP for help exploring your legal options.

Retrievable IVC Filter Complications

Permanent IVC filters have been used for decades with few complications. Since 2003, retrievable/temporary IVC filters have been gaining popularity. Unbeknownst to many of the patients installed with these models, there have been many more complications with the temporary retrievable filters as compared to the permanent ones. Complications for the retrievable IVC filters include:

  • Fracture
  • Migration
  • Perforation of internal organs
  • Embedment.

The purpose of using a retrievable IVC filter is so that it can be removed once it is no longer needed. The FDA issued a safety statement in May 2014 stating that patients may face an increased risk of complications with IVC filters the longer they remain inserted. The FDA advised doctors that the ideal time for removal is between 29 days and 54 days after implantation. Unfortunately, the retrieval process can cause complications such as device fracture.

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