Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney
Patients unable to take blood thinners to reduce an artery blockage (embolism) may be provided a Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter. These devices are meant to be a “last resort” for healthcare providers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that these filters should never be left in patients once the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed. However, this warning has gone unheeded by doctors, clinicians, patients, and pharmaceutical companies.What are the risks of IVC filters?
Retrievable IVC filters have a tendency to break away from where they have been implanted and become embedded into…