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New hope for sufferers of faulty IVC filters

On Behalf of | Oct 22, 2020 | Mass Tort Litigation |

Blood clots are potentially deadly, and so is one of the most commonly used medical solutions: the IVC filter. Some IVC filters wind up migrating from their intended location or having small pieces break off and pierce veins or internal organs. A new medical development offers hope for West Virginia patients who have blood clotting problems and need safe medical solutions. The development of absorbable vena cava filters promises to put a permanent end to faulty and broken IVC filters harming patients and triggering lawsuits.

Excellent results in vulnerable patients

A potential halt to mass tort claims over defective IVC filters could occur if the absorbable vena cava filters replace the current troublesome filters. Current filters require a second surgery to remove them a month or two after they are implanted. A second surgical procedure on top of potential problems while the IVC filter is installed makes the current filters especially troublesome for many patients.

No removal required for absorbable filter

The absorbable IVC filter eliminates the need for a risky second surgery to remove it. That is because the filter should be absorbed by the body in a matter of months, much like sutures that naturally deteriorate and do not require removal when used internally. Because the absorbable filter is not made of metal or other potentially dangerous materials that require removal, it greatly reduces potential complications. Initial clinical studies show 100% success in a small group of eight patients studied for clinical trials. None had any ill effects from the absorbable filter.

While the new IVC filter is very promising, it is not in use beyond medical trials. In the meantime, an older IVC filter might trigger medical problems. An attorney who is experienced in mass tort cases may review a patient’s situation and help to build the best possible case.