I’ve had an IVC filter implanted and it’s still in me. Am I at risk?

There are always risks and complications associated with any medical procedure or implantation of a medical device within the body, such as infection, allergic reactions, bruising, bleeding, and damage to blood vessels. There are, however, serious health risks that are specific to IVC filters.

THe FDA has received hundreds of reports since 2010 in regards to IVC filter complications including:

  • Lower limb deep vein thrombosis
  • Filter fracture and migration
  • IVC perforation of the heart and lungs
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Prolonged pain
  • The development of blood clots in the location of the IVC filter
  • Heart failure
  • Death

Studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health have shown problems arising from the removal of the IVC filter as well.