What is an IVC Filter?


An IVC filter is a small cone-shaped metal device that is surgically implanted in the inferior vena cava in order to stop blood clots from traveling up to the heart and lungs. These devices were initially approved in 1979 and their use has steadily increased throughout the years, with more than 250,000 filters in patients.

There are two types of filters: permanent and retrievable/temporary. Retrievable filters were designed for short-term protection in patients who would only be at risk for pulmonary embolism momentarily. Doctors are able to retrieve temporary filters in the same manner by which they implant them. There are several measures to ensure a safe removal.

Unfortunately, when left-in patients longer than necessary, retrievable filters have been known to migrate internally, causing issues in the blood vessels, as well as organ perforation.  

Blood clots that form inside the pelvis, as well as the lower and upper extremities, are medically referred to as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Blood clots that travel upwards towards the lungs are known as pulmonary embolisms (PE) and cause about 300,000 deaths each year. Blood clots are the third-most common causes of death in hospital patients.

Traditional candidates for filter implantation include people who are at risk of DVTs and PEs while on anticoagulation medication or those who cannot take anticoagulation at all because of adverse reactions.

If you, or a loved one, has suffered physical, emotional, and financial injury, or even death, as a result of IVC Filters, then contact us today at (877) 919-0830.