Side Effects of the Bard G2 IVC Filter breaking off
Posted by Aubrey at September 15th, 2015
The Bard G2 IVC Filter was put on the market as a substitute for those who could not take blood thinners to prevent pulmonary embolism. The device was surgically implanted into the patient’s interior vena cava, according to the website of Habush, Habush, & Rottier S.C., and prevented the migration of blood clots to the lungs. The device was meant to be temporary and be removed as soon as the threat of blood clots subsided. When the device was left in patient’s body for too long, the effects could be devastating.
The device’s cage-like legs began fracturing into other areas of the patient’s body. When filter parts began breaking off, they could travel to a patient’s heart causing heart attack or to the brain, leading to stroke. The device shards could also become lodged in the lungs, leading to difficulty breathing and potentially deadly lung complications. When the device legs or other parts of the filter break off, the metal pieces can travel through the bloodstream, puncturing other major organs and then becoming lodged in them. The migration of parts of the device to other areas of the body can cause fatal problems in individuals. Shockingly, these were just a few of the risks associated with the device, after a total of 921 adverse effects of the filter were reported to the FDA.
Unfortunately, these warnings came too late for some individuals as 27 deaths have been linked to the Bard G2 IVC Filter. Despite these dangers, many patients were still implanted with this device and are dealing with the devastating effects. The Bard G2 IVC Filter, which many believed would help them ended up hurting individuals in imaginable ways. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against C.R. Bard, the company behind the device, but individuals are still faced with the costs of the filter.
Category: Personal Injury