IVC Filters are supposed to prevent health problems; instead they are causing them.
The devices are designed to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism ― but in some cases, they are causing the very condition they were designed to prevent. The octopus-looking devices, which have metal arms or “struts” to catch blood clots, are prone to break, move out of place or just fail.
IVC Filter complications often occur when the device fractures or breaks inside the body, causing catastrophic injuries.
Most IVC Filters are not intended for permanent placement or long-term use. The problems and risks are just too great. The longer the device stays inside the body, the harder it is to remove and the greater the risk for IVC Filter complications, including device fractures, migrations, tilting and embolization.
Since 2005, the Federal Drug Administration has been inundated with complaints about this controversial device. In 2010, and again in 2014, the agency recommended IVC Filters be removed as soon as the patient no longer needs protection against a deadly blood clot.
Despite the warnings, the devices are still being manufactured and sold at a rapid pace ― and left for long periods, even indefinitely, inside patients. A 2013 research study published in the Journal of Medical Association, or JAMA, looked at IVC Filter failure and discovered that only 58 out of 679 retrievable IVC filters in its study had been removed from patients.