Questions to Ask Your Doctor if You Have an IVC

If your venous thromboembolism (VTE) condition is currently being treated via IVC, or inferior vena cava filter retrieval, there are important questions you should ask your doctor. 

How long is treatment necessary?

The FDA has received reports of migration, fracture, and embolization (the entire filter or parts traveling to the heart or lungs). The FDA recommends removing the device as soon as the patient’s condition has stabilized and the risk of a pulmonary embolism is no longer an issue. 

What type of device will be used?

Bard IVC filters have been used since the 1960’s, however the FDA has requested that the company discontinue manufacturing and distributing IVC filters due to troubling findings including adverse clinical outcomes.  In addition to reports of migration, fracture, and embolization it is also reported the devices are difficult to remove.

If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a Bard IVC filter, contact us today. Experienced personal injury lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers have the experience and resources necessary to help protect your rights.