An Indiana man has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of his temporary IVC filter after it tilted and became stuck in his vein.
Lance W. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was given an Option ELITE temporary inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, the Daily Hornet reports. It was implanted on May 2, 2015, by Dr. Michael E. Parker at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana located in Fort Wayne. The IVC filter was intended to prevent pulmonary embolism, a deadly condition in which a blood clot enters the heart or lungs.
The IVC filter, which resembles a cage with a hook at its apex, is designed to trap blood clots inside its legs, thus intercepting them from reaching the heart or lungs. For Lance, however, the device itself ended up being his worst danger.
The IVC filter, manufactured by Argon Medical Devices, Inc. and Rex Medical L.P., became tilted and embedded in his vein. On Oct. 16, 2015, Lance underwent a complicated medical procedure to remove the embedded filter. The surgery, however, failed.
According to the lawsuit, “Several attempts were made with a snare and sheath to retrieve the IVC filter. It was then determined after many attempts that the filter could not be captured.”
Doctors were forced to leave the IVC filter, a device described by the man’s lawyers as a “ticking time bomb,” in his body.
Because of the tilted filter, Lance alleges he suffered significant injuries. The lawsuit is accusing the manufacturers of hiding and downplaying the known risks and failing to warn both patients and doctors about the significant dangers and health risks associated with their IVC filters, particularly the Option ELITE.