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Published: August 1st, 2010

The Bard Recovery IVC filter and Bard G2 IVC filter have been linked to an increased risk of failure and migration, which could cause serious injury or death if the arms or struts of the inferior vena cava (IVC) filters fracture or break free inside the body.

BARD IVC FILTER LAWSUIT STATUS: Lawyers are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for Bard Recovery IVC filter lawsuits and Bard G2 IVC filter lawsuits to help individuals determine if they may be entitled to compensation as a result of problems with a vena cava filter.

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MANUFACTURER: C.R. Bard, Inc. and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.

OVERVIEW: Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are small devices designed to catch blood clots that may break free from lower parts of the body and travel toward the lungs. They are implanted in patients who are at risk for a pulmonary embolism, when they are unable to take anticoagulants or when those medications have failed.

In August 2010, the FDA issued a warning to doctors, alerting them about the risk of problems with retrievable IVC filters, such as the Bard Recovery and G2 filters. The agency indicated that the IVC filters should be removed in many cases once the danger of a pulmonary embolism has passed.

At least 900 adverse event reports have been received by the FDA involving complications from IVC filters. One of the most common complaints is of the filter, or a piece of the filter, breaking off and migrating through the patient’s body.

BARD IVC FILTER FAILURES AND PROBLEMS: The Bard Recovery IVC filter was approved in 2002 and placed on the market in 2003. Although the company indicated plans for “long-term success” when the filter was introduced, it was removed from the market just over two years later in October 2005.

While a Bard Recovery IVC filter recall was never officially issued, the Bard G2 IVC filter was introduced as a replacement product, reportedly providing “enhanced fracture resistance”, “improved centering” and “increased migration resistance.” However, both Bard IVC filters have been found to be prone to fractures and failures.

Studies have confirmed that the Bard Recovery IVC filter and Bard G2 IVC filter have a particularly high rate or failures and other problems that could cause serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. Pieces of the IVC filters appear to be prone to break or fracture, allowing pieces to flow through the bloodstream travel to the heart, lungs or cause other internal punctures.

According to an August 2010 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the Bard Recovery Filter system failure rate was 25% and the Bard G2 Filter system failure rate was about 12%. Researchers recommended an immediate halt to the use of the Bard IVC filters to protect patients.

LAWSUITS OVER BARD IVC FILTER FRACTURES: If a Bard IVC filter fractures in a patient’s body the filter, or parts of it, can migrate causing internal injuries including:

  • Perforation of the heart
  • Perforation of the lungs
  • Hemorrhagic pericardial effusion (blood around the heart)
  • Cardiac tamponade (disruption of the heart caused by excess fluid)
  • Ventricular tachycardia (accelerated heart beat)
  • Puncturing of the vena cava

In many cases, the problems require emergency treatment for the Bard IVC filter removal, which may result in open heart surgery in some cases.

Through a Bard IVC filter lawsuit, individuals who have experienced a fracture, failure or migration of their device may be able to obtain compensation from the manufacturer as a result of the allegedly negligent and defective design of these products. Bard IVC filter lawyers are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals throughout the United States.

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  1. I had a Bard Recovery IVC filter placed in 2004. First I learned from a CAT scan that the legs perforated the IVC which I was told was “no big deal”. After reading in the Wall St. Journal that the FDA recommends removal of these filters I tried to get mine removed today. The doctor was unable to remove the filter and told me that two of the filter legs were now lodged in my lungs.Since they fractured the filter tipped and became too far embedded in the wall of the IVC for safe removal. I am 51 years old and otherwise in excellent health.

  2. i have a ivc filter.and want it out.

  3. See Dr William Kuo (Uni Stanford Palo alto Ca) He is a formost expert. He got mine out in one hour. A God send. He can help you.

  4. I had a BARD Eclipse filter placed in April of 2010. I received a call last week from the intervention radiologist asking if I wanted to have it removed as we were approaching the end of the window for safe removal. This is the first time anyone mentioned it had to be removed. When I spoke directly with the doctor via phone, he said it should have been removed 3 months after it was implanted! I have no insurance and currently am unemployed. My online research brought me to a government page for Emergency Medical Assistance but it was only available to non-citizens! Do I have to give up my American citizenship to get help?

  5. I hope to have the G2 removed by thoracic surgeons on 28 March by way of a hook inserted in the vena.

  6. I had a Bard G2 Express implanted in 01/09 after a car accident. I had this implant along with taking a blood thinner. In 11/10 I had the filter removed and learned that a leg had broken and traveled to my heart. From what I understand I am very fortuante. The piece then traveled to the middle lobe of my right lung while doctors were trying to figure out what to do about. I was sent from TN to PA to a interventional radiologist to have removed which he do with a little diffuculty. Since I have no lasting side effects no attorney wants to deal with it. I am out about $10,000 for medical bills and travel. My case is unimportant.

  7. I HAD A BARD G2 FILTER PLACED IN 2007 AND IT HAS SINCE FAILED AND PUNCTURED.IT ALSO IS SO MANGELED THAT DOCS AT UK HOSPITAL SAY IT CONNOT BE REMOVED IM CURRENTLY WORKING WITH LAWYERS TO GET COMPED FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING AND FOR THE PLACEMENT OF A NEW FILTER IN 2010 .I HAVE FACTOR FIVE LIEDEN AND PROTIEN C DEFICIENCY AND HAVE HAD 7 YES 7 PULMONARY EMBOLISIMS AND 20 OR MORE DVT SO PLACEMENT OF THE NEW FILTER WAS A MUST

  8. Everyone needs to see Dr. Kuo at Stanford Hospital in CA!!! The man…he will get any of them out!

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