Use of IVC Filters in Spinal Cord Injuries of Little Value

After an extensive analysis of several years of patient data, a group of surgeons from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City have determined that patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) who are given an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter are actually at higher risk...

Medical Use of IVC Filters Declines Worldwide – But is Still High in The U.S.

Since the FDA issued a safety alert regarding IVC filters in 2010, there has been a steady decline in the number of physicians using the device. However, even seven years after the advisory was issued, the rate of IVC filter implantation in the United States is still as much...
IVC Filter Deaths

IVC Filters Can – and Do – Kill

On March 12, 2015, a North Carolina man named Keith Allen Waters, aged 61, entered the Catawba Valley Medical Center, where he received an Interior Vena Cava (IVC) filter in order to protect him against the possibility of a stroke due to embolism. The attending physicians implanted the device according...

IVC Filter Patient Counting His Blessings: His Device Was Successfully Removed

The “inferior vena cava” filter (IVC filter) was never meant to be anything other than a temporary measure. It was designed to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs after a patient has undergone joint surgery, causing an embolism. It is recommended that the device be removed...

IVC Filter Injuries – What Happened to Some Plaintiffs

Cook Medical's Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are known to cause serious injuries when left inside the patient. These injuries have been the cause of action in a growing number of lawsuits against the medical device manufacturer, both in the U.S. and in Canada. Plaintiffs allege that the Indiana-based...
IVC Filter Effectiveness

IVC Filters Not Doing The Job They Were Designed For

A recent study conducted at the Boston University School of Medicine has found that inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are not only dangerous – they're virtually useless. The study, led by Dr. Shayna Sarosiek, was published last week in JAMA Surgery.Researchers examined records of trauma patients who received IVC...
IVC Filter Lawsuit Dangers

IVC Filter Lawsuits Show the Serious Dangers of these Devices

According to hundreds of lawsuits involving IVC filters, one of the serious problems with the Inferior Vena Cava filter is they were designed to be a temporary measure – yet are left inside of patients for months, and even years. The worst part of it is that the longer...

Settlement Talks Fail in IVC Filter Mediation

Recent efforts to reach a settlement agreement in the Cook IVC Filter Litigation were unsuccessful, meaning a select number of cases for early “bellwether” trials could get underway next year, if additional settlement attempts don’t result in an agreement.Over 500 plaintiffs have joined the Cook IVC Filter Litigation since October...

IVC Filters – Do The Pros Outweigh the Cons

Lawsuits are beginning to mount against the manufacturers of Inferior Vena Cava filters – small devices implanted into patients to help catch blood clots. The lawsuits claim that the devices might be causing more harm than good in patients.Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins and attorney Howard Nations discuss this...

IVC Filter Removal Expert Says Device Should be Recalled

Dr. William Kuo isn't exactly a household name outside of the medical profession, but for patients who have been injured and their lives endangered by IVC (“inferior vena cava”) filters, Dr. Kuo represents their best hope for survival. Dr. Kuo is also speaking out about the dangers of this...