In November 2012, when Donna Newsome was 48, she was implanted with a tiny, cage-like device designed to capture blood clots that may arise following back surgery before they reach the heart. The device, called an IVC filter, specifically called a Cook Celect IVC filter, was implanted in her inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood to the heart. It was intended to be a short-term remedy. One month after being implanted with the device, Donna suffered a pulmonary embolism, or blood clot in her lung. It was found within the right lower lobe of her pulmonary ... Read More
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