On October 12, 2011, Raymond W. had an Option retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter inserted at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, prior to bariatric surgery, a procedure to assist in weight loss. The filter placement was a preventive measure in the event that a blood clot should occur.
IVC filters are devices inserted into the inferior vena cava intended to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs by catching them in it’s cage-like tines. Temporary filters, such as the Option, are structurally weaker than permanent filters, and are designed to be removed when the risk of blood clots is gone. Many patients, however, have experienced temporary filters tilting, perforating the vein and organs, migrating, or fracturing.
On May 11, 2015, Raymond underwent a CT scan that revealed a blood clot condition known as IVC thrombosis, when blood clots develop below the filter. For this reason, doctors advised him that filter retrieval wasn’t possible.
“The remaining implanted filter continues to pose an increased and continued risk of perforation,” the lawsuit states, “including perforation of Plaintiff’s lung, and perforation of surrounding vital organs, all of which can result in severe pain and life-threatening complications.”
Raymond now lives in constant risk of life-threatening complications from blood clots and/or sudden death the longer the filter stays in his body.
The lawsuit accuses Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices of inefficiently testing the safety of the filters, and for not adequately informing of side effects. More than 3,000 lawsuits are pending against Rex Medical as well as other IVC filter manufacturers such as Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, B. Braun, and others alleging injuries related to retrievable IVC filters.
Source: Daily Hornet