Complications with IVC Filters

Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are a common medication in patients to treat blood clot risks amongst patients who cannot take anticoagulant medications. IVC or Inferior Vena Cava Filters are medical devices which look like small, metal cages and was approved as a safe alternative by the FDA in the treatment of pulmonary embolism (PE).


Patients who undergo hip or knee replacement surgery are often given the IVC filters to prevent the blood clots reaching the lungs or heart. Unfortunately, the devices have been reported to cause serious blood clot filter side effects. The most commonly reported complications include:

  • IVC filter perforation
  • damage to vital organs
  • fracture of the filter and migration of the struts
  • blockage in heart
  • death

The symptoms of IVC filter complications include:

  • Ache in lower body parts: IVC penetration or strut migration can cause immense pain along with swollen legs. The broken pieces can migrate anywhere in the blood stream and cause infection, organ perforation and other complexities.
  • Abdominal, cardiac or back pain: Severe abdominal and back pain is the most commonly occurring symptom of a faulty IVC filter. A dislocated or broken piece of the filter might migrate and settle in an organ not intended to be at. It causes a chronic pain correlated with specific movements. Get medical attention immediately if the pain persists.


If you know someone who has suffered from any of the above health complications due to IVC filter, get in touch with the experts at They can help you determine whether or not the case qualifies for a financial compensation. Dial 1(855)631-1338 or connect through to schedule a free evaluation.

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