Bard IVC Filter Placement and Migration

The BARD IVC filter is a device that is implanted into the inferior vena cava (the main blood vessel that returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart) to prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart and lungs where they can be potentially life-threatening.  BARD IVC filters have six arms and six legs to provide two layers of filtration.


IVC filter migration

IVC filter migration

An extremely serious complication of the BARD IVC filter is the potential for filter migration.  Migration occurs when the IVC filter, or a piece of the IVC filter  (i.e., one of the IVC

filter arms or legs), migrates to another location within the body.  There have been numerous reported cases in which a portion of the device breaks off and migrates to the heart, lung, or other organs.  Once deposited in these organs, the metal fragments of the BARD IVC filters can cause severe pain, injury (such as puncturing of internal organs, veins or arteries), bleeding, additional blood clots and other complications, including death.

Call us today if you have received an IVC filter, or know someone who has received an IVC filter, and you have been told that pieces of the filter have migrated to other areas within the body.  If this is the situation, it is imperative that you speak with a Bard IVC filter law firm today to discuss your potential case.  We can be reached directly at 800-876-2303.

As of August 9th, 2010, the FDA had received 921 adverse event reports associated with IVC filters (including those manufactured and distributed by BARD), 328 of which involved migration of the IVC filter.  This high rate of IVC filter migration has prompted concern within the FDA, and the Agency is currently reviewing the medical literature to perform a thorough data analysis.  Based on their findings, they FDA may revise their recommendations regarding IVC filter implantation and maintenance – which could include the BARD IVC filter.  In the meantime, the FDA recommends that all physicians and clinicians who implant IVC filters (including BARD IVC filters) remove the filter as soon as possible once they are no longer needed.

If you or a loved one has been implanted with a Bard IVC filter and are concerned with IVC filter placement, and you are concerned about IVC filter migration, call our Bard IVC filter lawyers today to discuss your case.  We have a team of high-qualified, experienced trial lawyers ready to speak with you today.  800-876-2303.