Retrievable IVC Filters meant to be a temporary solution to pulmonary embolism risks in many situation do not get removed or become impossible to remove leading to additional serious complications, according to the IVC Filter Legal Help Center.

For patients who have suffered a traumatic injury or who are undergoing voluntary or emergency surgery, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters can help trap blood clots that may break free from the lower extremities, and prevent them from traveling to the heart and lungs, where they can cause serious complications. The filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava – the largest vein in the body – and feature a cage-like construction that, while designed to capture blood clots, allows deoxygenated blood to continue to flow around the device and return to the right atrium of the heart. Blood clot filters are intended to reduce the risk of stroke, pulmonary embolism, and other serious medical conditions, but it’s also important to be aware of their risks.

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