IVC filter is a small medical device which is used for the prevention of pulmonary embolism in patients cannot take anticoagulants (blood thinners). Thelargest vein in the human body is vene cava which carries the deoxygenated blood from the lower part of the body to the heart. However patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgeries have the risk of forming blood clots especially around the legs and thighs which is termed as deep vein thromboses (DVTs). These clots, if not prevented from reaching the lungs or heart can prove fatal eventually.
Unfortunately, these FDA approved devices have been associated with some serious complications owing to their faulty designs and low quality.
The following are the common IVC filter complications which should be reported to the physician as soon as diagnosed:
- Abdominal or back pain
A malfunctioning IVC filter can break off from its intended position and migrate to the different parts through the bloodstream causing severe abdominal and back pain. Sometimes, such pain can correlate with specific bodily movements which would call for the immediate attention of the doctor.
- Continuous pain in lower extremities
Any pain in the thighs and legs post the implant surgery should be reported to the doctor. Do not rule out the chance of IVC penetration or strut migration in case of extreme pain. Painfully swollen legs are a potential symptom of the filter being clogged and the patient should not delay contacting the primary care provider.
- Pain in the cardiac region
Any of the following can be symptoms of IVC filter complications:
- neck pain
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- unusually higher heart rate
FDA’s website states the following as some of the most common complications associated with:
- filter fracture, blood clot filter migration
- perforation of IVC
- difficulty in removing the filter
- damage in the organ walls
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