IVC, or inferior vena cava, filters are small, cone-shaped devices that may be surgically inserted just below your kidneys to catch blood clots that have broken loose from one of the deep veins in your leg. The objective is to prevent the clot from reaching your lungs or heart. A surgeon will typically implant the IVC filter using a catheter through a small incision in your neck or groin.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a significant number of patients who have received an IVC filter have reported adverse side effects, including:
- Movement or repositioning of the filter after insertion
- The detachment of parts of the filter after insertion
- Tears developing in the filter
- The failure or collapse of the filter
Most medical professionals believe that any problems with the IVC arise because the filters are left in the body longer than necessary. Thus far, though, manufacturers have not developed ways to easily retrieve the filters, as they tend to become overgrown with new cells in a matter of weeks.
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