What is an IVC filter?
An IVC filter or inferior vena cava filter is a small spider-looking metal device that catches and traps a blood clot before it can travel to the heart or lungs. The filter is placed in the inferior vena cava (hence the name IVC filter), which is the large vein in the abdomen that circulates blood from the lower body back to the heart.
IVC filters are commonly used in patients at risk for, or with a history of, venous thromboembolism (EVT). EVT is when blood clots form in the veins of the legs, arms or pelvis and then travel to the heart or lungs. The blood clots are termed deep venous thrombosis or DVTs. A DVT can be deadly if it travels to the lungs and prevents normal blood flow to the lungs.
IVC filters are typically prescribed for patients who cannot tolerate blood-thinning medications or for patients who continue to develop clots despite the use of blood-thinning medications.
The use of IVC filters in the United States has sky-rocketed. In 1997, only 2,000 IVC filters were used. By 2007, nearly 167,000 filters were used in the treatment of VTE. By 2012, IVC filters had been placed in over 259,000 patients.
At the Law Offices of John Day, our award-winning team of lawyers are currently accepting cases involving the IVC filter. If you or someone you love was injured, call us today at 615-742-4880 or toll-free at 866-812-8787 so that we can discuss your case with you, answer your questions and advise you of your legal rights. The consultation is free and without obligation. We handle all IVC filter cases on a contingency basis so we only get paid if we win.
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