Greenfield Vena Cava Filter Lawsuit Filed Against Boston Scientific Over Perforation

Boston Scientific faces a product liability lawsuit brought by the family of Ohio woman, which alleges that problems with a Greenfield Vena Cava filter caused severe internal injuries and death.

The complaint (PDF) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on January 12, by Julia and Raylyn Ratliff, administrators of the estate of Cinthia K. Ratliff.

Ratliff had the inferior vena cava (IVC) filter implanted in April 2004, for treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The small, spider-like filter is designed to “catch” blood clots that may break free, preventing them from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism.

According to allegations raised in the wrongful death lawsuit, design defects with the Boston Scientific Greenfield Vena Cava filter caused the device to fail and perforate her vena cava, resulting in severe internal bleeding, from which Ratliff died on May 3, 2013. According to an autopsy performed, the immediate cause of death was determined to be “Perforation of Inferior Vena Cava by Greenfield Filter with Retroperitoneal Hemorrhage.”

The family indicates that Boston Scientific knew or should have known that its Greenfield Vena Cava filter posed a risk of breaking free from its implantation site, migrating, perforating the vena cava and causing serious injury or death, according to the complaint.

IVC Filter Long-Term Risks

Amid hundreds of adverse event problems involving problems with retrievable IVC filters, the FDA issued a warning in August 2010, urging doctors to remove the devices once the danger of a pulmonary embolism has passed. One of the most common complications reported by the FDA involved IVC filters fracturing or breaking, allowing small pieces to migrating through the patient’s body and pose a potentially life-threatening risk.

In May 2014, the FDA issued an updated safety statement indicating that patients may face an increased risk of problems with IVC filters the longer they remain in place, advising doctors that the ideal time for removal appears to be between 29 days and 54 days after implantation.

A study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine in March 2013 raised questions about the effectiveness of IVC filters, indicating that less than 10% of filters evaluated in the study were successfully removed from patients and 8% of recipients of IVC filters suffered a pulmonary embolism despite the device’s presence.

The Boston Scientific lawsuit over the Greenfield Vena Cava filter joins a growing number of claims brought against manufacturers of IVC filters in recent years, alleging similar design defects with products like the Bard Recovery IVC Filter, Bard G2 IVC Filter, and Cook Celect or Gunther Tulip IVC Filters.

Amid a growing number of complaints filed against Cook Medical, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued an order in October, consolidated all Cook IVC filter lawsuits pending throughout the federal court system before U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young in the Southern District of Indiana.

66 Comments

  • GlennDecember 13, 2021 at 3:58 am

    Does my husband have to due before he can file suit against Boston scientific for the Greenfield filter that is about to puncture his aorta.

  • PamelaDecember 28, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    My daughter April passed away on Nov 5, 2018 due to history of IVC filter which was Greenfield filter which she had since 2004 or 2003. I had to get many attorneys which 2 attorneys turn me down now I am on the 3rd attorney now this is a wrongful death case of the Greenfield filter what more do I need for this case my daughter age 38 passed away due to this IVC filte.

  • LinnDecember 9, 2018 at 4:15 am

    I have the greenfield filter for 11 years...I have just been diagnosed with LBBB with no reason of my heart having this. I also have lower back pain that is horrible, can the filter cause this? I have an appointment with a specialist on 27 Dec to get more info.

  • DeniseAugust 12, 2018 at 8:31 am

    I had a Greenfield Filter placed in 2002 after multiple PEs treated at home by Home Health Care and subsequently fell and hit my head on my stone fireplace. A small bleed extended until while being treated at small hospital with no Neurologist consult was made, a nursing error, and physician order error caused a massive bleed until my right brain was in my Left brain. I hired a law firm after but [Show More]I had a Greenfield Filter placed in 2002 after multiple PEs treated at home by Home Health Care and subsequently fell and hit my head on my stone fireplace. A small bleed extended until while being treated at small hospital with no Neurologist consult was made, a nursing error, and physician order error caused a massive bleed until my right brain was in my Left brain. I hired a law firm after but they did not take my case, saying that it could not be proven when exactly the bleed extended. I WAS JUST CONTACTED BY PHONE SOLICITATION AND TOLD THAT LITIGATION IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR GREENFIELD FILTERS FROM 2006 ON. MINE WAS TOO EARLY AT THIS TIME. I HAD ANOTHER PE IN 2017 WHICH DID NOT COME FROM MY LEGS BUT MOST LIKELY FROM DEEP WITHIN MY BODY CAVITY. NONE OF MY PES HAVE COME FROM MY LEGS. MY GF WAS EVALUATED BY INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY AND FOUND TO BE IN PLACE. BOTH JAN 2017 AND 2018 I HAVE BECOME SEPTIC WITH THE CAUSE UNKNOWN. I PLAN TO ASK MY PCP FOR A CONSULT TO EVALUATE BY MRI THAT IT STILL REMAINS IN PLACE. BUT, I FEEL I HAVE A POTENTIAL HEALTH RISK WHICH COULD FRACTURE OR MIGRATE AT ANY TIME. I PLAN TO CALL A PHYSICIAN LISTED ON THIS WEBSITE TO ASK FOR POTENTIAL REMOVAL WHEN MY HUSBAND RETIRES IN NOVEMBER 2018 AND I WILL BE SOLELY ON MEDICARE WITH MEDIGAP INSURANCE. IF YOU HAVE A GF PLEASE CALL A LAW FIRM OF PLACES 2006 AND BEYOND. I BELIEVE THAT THE RECOMENDATION TO HAVE IT REMOVED IS VALID. I WAS AN TH BSN EVEN AFTER MY BRAIN SURGERY BUT IN 2013 WHEN I BEGAN TO HAVE SEIZURES. I LOST MY HOME AND ALL ASSETS AFTER MY BRAIN SURGERY BUT HAD BEEN ON SEE SINCE 1998 WHEN I SUDDENLY BECAME VERY ILL AND MYSELF AND 2 SONS DEVELOPED ME/CFS. Good luck fellow sufferers. These people are all going to hell. Big Pharma, had doctors, had nurses and now the company who developed a dangerous medical filter when we all could have just been on blood thinners. For once: God Bless good lawyers. We make doctors into God's in this country and they do not deserve it. They no longer help to heal but live grand lives and have lost the ability to be out helpers.

  • MelodyJanuary 2, 2018 at 3:50 am

    I lost both legs in 1996 while in a induced coma after 3 weeks woke up on 23rd b-day with 20% chase .As a Double aka amputee over 21. Been very Sick since I turned 38 but sent to several specialist Never told GI age 40 did upper endoscopy n still didn't mention this Greenfield Ivcfilter defect I found out August of 2015.looking for kidneystone My urologist told me to go to GI asap Contacted a Nati[Show More]I lost both legs in 1996 while in a induced coma after 3 weeks woke up on 23rd b-day with 20% chase .As a Double aka amputee over 21. Been very Sick since I turned 38 but sent to several specialist Never told GI age 40 did upper endoscopy n still didn't mention this Greenfield Ivcfilter defect I found out August of 2015.looking for kidneystone My urologist told me to go to GI asap Contacted a National Legal team they took case but sent me a email just 6 days ago .Saying they can't represent me after 13 months Now I'm pursuing a,local huge lawfirm in My City of Philadelphia cause I'm suffering with all kinds blood infections CBS white cells high fevers sweats bruising severe bone pain loss of appetite dehydration strokes fevers sweats bruising severe fatigue breathing issues coughing .Skin changes rib neck back entire right adomine pain neuropathy headaches night can't eat or dehydration issues These GI n Vascular Surgeon are not telling me much except not retrievable Also have enlarged lymph nodes. I'M NOT giving up I've had a high white cell count CBS infection for 4 n half years as well as severe bruises in right adomine where Ivcfilter legs is migrated into partial small intestinal wall Don't give up .! FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS N HEALTH CARE Get Lawyer get pictures try n keep copies or get all records pulled .It's a ticking time bomb As Well As a suffering painful death I also think if it's infecting blood how could it not give you blood cancer like leukemia. I have all same at symtoms.We not getting real answers Go to Oncologist any defect I blood infections leads to cancers and Death .Godbless Us All and prayers to Everyone 2018 Lets get back at these Corrupt Medical Device n Polical Diobical Scumbags it's all about $$For them While I'm here I will fight for Answers n Their $$My life means something .

  • MelodyJanuary 2, 2018 at 3:25 am

    I lost both legs in 1996 while in a induced coma after 3 weeks woke up on 23rd b-day with 20% chase .As a Double aka amputee over 21. Been very Sick since I turned 38 but sent to several specialist Never told GI age 40 did upper endoscopy n still didn't mention this Greenfield Ivcfilter defect I found out August of 2015.looking for kidneystone My urologist told me to go to GI asap Contacted a Nati[Show More]I lost both legs in 1996 while in a induced coma after 3 weeks woke up on 23rd b-day with 20% chase .As a Double aka amputee over 21. Been very Sick since I turned 38 but sent to several specialist Never told GI age 40 did upper endoscopy n still didn't mention this Greenfield Ivcfilter defect I found out August of 2015.looking for kidneystone My urologist told me to go to GI asap Contacted a National Legal team they took case but sent me a email just 6 days ago .Saying they can't represent me after 13 months Now I'm pursuing a,local huge lawfirm in My City of Philadelphia cause I'm suffering with all kinds blood infections CBS white cells high fevers sweats bruising severe bone pain loss of appetite dehydration strokes fevers sweats bruising severe fatigue breathing issues coughing .Skin changes rib neck back entire right adomine pain neuropathy headaches night can't eat or dehydration issues These GI n Vascular Surgeon are not telling me much except not retrievable Also have enlarged lymph nodes. I'M NOT giving up I've had a high white cell count CBS infection for 4 n half years as well as severe bruises in right adomine where Ivcfilter legs is migrated into partial small intestinal wall Don't give up .! FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS N HEALTH CARE Get Lawyer get pictures try n keep copies or get all records pulled .It's a ticking time bomb As Well As a suffering painful death I also think if it's infecting blood how could it not give you blood cancer like leukemia. I have all same at symtoms.We not getting real answers Go to Oncologist any defect I blood infections leads to cancers and Death .Godbless Us All and prayers to Everyone 2018 Lets get back at these Corrupt Medical Device n Polical Diobical Scumbags it's all about $$For them While I'm here I will fight for Answers n Their $$My life means something .

  • carlSeptember 7, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I have a greenfield ivc installed march 2014 dvt blood clots, I was told Ihave a bard recovery Installed By Johnson lawyer group but my hospital said that greenfield filter is permanent,i have pains in my left side of lungs.I don't know what or who to believe. please help someone is covering something up.

  • CindyJuly 12, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I had a greenfield filter placed in 1996. Having a surhery 7/20/17 as the filter is tilted, migrated and the prongs are sticking several areas, including a hole in my aorta. Can i be assisted? Chicagoland area.

  • CindyJuly 5, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I got mine putting me in 2003 never question this doctor cuz he's always helped me before now I'm being told that I have a time bomb in me and don't know when I will die from it I have a handicapped son that I need to worry about I would like to sing to taken out of me but don't know how to go about it I have had fluid my legs having problems with one leg swelling right now and also have pains in [Show More]I got mine putting me in 2003 never question this doctor cuz he's always helped me before now I'm being told that I have a time bomb in me and don't know when I will die from it I have a handicapped son that I need to worry about I would like to sing to taken out of me but don't know how to go about it I have had fluid my legs having problems with one leg swelling right now and also have pains in my back at times can you please help me I live in New Orleans thank you

  • MichaelMarch 31, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Had a Greenfield IVC filter put in 2007 after having one P.E. in 2005 and when more emboli discovered in my lung when I was hospitalized for pneumonia. Afterward, in 2010 I had a MASSIVE P.E and another one in 2016...Get this freeking thing out of me. It doesn't work, and it may kill me? WTF?

  • KaraMarch 21, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    I had a greenfield filter put in 1999. No problems that I know of. But I am worried I could have problems in the future with this filter. Is there a Doctor/ lawyer in St louis area I should contact.

  • SherylMarch 17, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    My mother had a greenfield Iv filter put in December 18th 2009 and she passed February 2010 of pulumonary embolism and DVT I have contact a lawyer so maybe you all shall also, it want bring our love one back but everyone shall be compensated.

  • MonteFebruary 21, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Is there any attorney that will take a Greenfield case I have one lots of problems

  • markFebruary 17, 2017 at 2:21 am

    lol

  • StevenFebruary 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Is it true that the federal government gave immunity to greenfield ivc filters

  • JeffJanuary 21, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Hi this answers a lot of my questions I have been contacted by attorneys for the 3 months after my greenfeild ivc filter migraded 4" from my heart then perforated vena cava and almost perforated small intestine (doctors say i would have died immediately) and thankfully a doctor Sanchez at Barns Jewish hospital in st Louis was the only dr that would even try to remove it in 2012. 14 days in criti[Show More]Hi this answers a lot of my questions I have been contacted by attorneys for the 3 months after my greenfeild ivc filter migraded 4" from my heart then perforated vena cava and almost perforated small intestine (doctors say i would have died immediately) and thankfully a doctor Sanchez at Barns Jewish hospital in st Louis was the only dr that would even try to remove it in 2012. 14 days in critical condition a 12 " scar it was a living hell

  • BrendaJanuary 1, 2017 at 4:16 am

    I had a Greenfield Vena Cava filter implanted in 1996. It is a permanent filter. Prior to the filter placement I had multiple DVTS and PEs, and have a family history of deaths related to PEs. In 1996, I was hospitalized with a DVT and prior to discharge my doctor wanted to check my lungs, because I mentioned a sharp pain under my shoulder blade, but it was only for a few seconds. He noted a ne[Show More]I had a Greenfield Vena Cava filter implanted in 1996. It is a permanent filter. Prior to the filter placement I had multiple DVTS and PEs, and have a family history of deaths related to PEs. In 1996, I was hospitalized with a DVT and prior to discharge my doctor wanted to check my lungs, because I mentioned a sharp pain under my shoulder blade, but it was only for a few seconds. He noted a new PE and said he did not feel comfortable discharging me from the hospital without the filter. They did inform me prior to the surgery that there was a chance the filter could shift. I asked what they would do in that situation and they stated they'd use a wire through my veins to pull it back into place. They did not tell me there was a chance it could perforate my veins. A few years ago, I had to have stents placed in my iliac vein due to blockage from old clots and they did a lot of imaging. In the report it states they could see the Greenfield Vena Cava filter, that the tines had perforated the vein walls, and scar tissue was built up around the tines. No one has discussed this with me or any issues that this might result in if a large clot were to now break loose and cause the filter to break free. This does cause me some concern because they keep my INR at 3.0 to 3.5 and if a clot were to cause the filter to break loose, it seems that it would shred my veins since they have perforated the vein wall. This does scare me when I think about it. They did give me a card to carry, along with the # of the filter.

  • JeffDecember 10, 2016 at 12:48 am

    My wife had a Greenfield filter put in in 2000. It's legs perforated the vena cava walls, and were impacting her pancrease and bile duct; several legs were near the small intestine, but had not yet perforated. Last week, Dr. William Kuo, of Stanford University Medical Center, removed the filter without incident. Dr. Kuo is the world's leading expert on filter removal, and we highly recommend h[Show More]My wife had a Greenfield filter put in in 2000. It's legs perforated the vena cava walls, and were impacting her pancrease and bile duct; several legs were near the small intestine, but had not yet perforated. Last week, Dr. William Kuo, of Stanford University Medical Center, removed the filter without incident. Dr. Kuo is the world's leading expert on filter removal, and we highly recommend him. Now my wife's back pain is gone, she does not face future risk of the filter impacting nearby, vital organs.

  • MarciNovember 8, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Greenfield filter put in 2005 I'm now concerned every time I see the commercial!!! Had numerous dvts in both legs groin area too I had three blood clots in right leg which scared me!!! What now?????

  • ScottOctober 5, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    My name is scott 2003 I sustained a crush injury to both my legs . A Greenfield IVC filter was placed in through my groin to prevent clots entering my heart and lungs it is now 10/5/2016 ,I suffer from pain and swelling in both legs,shortness of breath,pain in my right shoulder,gastro problems, circulatory problems, and profuse sweating,tingeing and loss of feeling in both arms and hands ,along [Show More]My name is scott 2003 I sustained a crush injury to both my legs . A Greenfield IVC filter was placed in through my groin to prevent clots entering my heart and lungs it is now 10/5/2016 ,I suffer from pain and swelling in both legs,shortness of breath,pain in my right shoulder,gastro problems, circulatory problems, and profuse sweating,tingeing and loss of feeling in both arms and hands ,along with stomach pain and reflux.to day (10-5-2016) I had two abdominal x-rays taken and I am awaiting the results the x-rays were ordered by a vascular surgeon to determine where and if my ivc filter is still in place . I am concerned about the outcome and how this will affect my life, I need consultation on this matter , any help would be a god send thank you ......

  • MelodySeptember 23, 2016 at 12:17 am

    I also have A Greenfield Ivc filter i just found by accident veen in and out Of ERs n Infection specialist also Oncologist now I'm in shock thought I had kidneystone issues and poor circulation from Traumatic Car Accident was a survivor of A DUI Pot head Driver Killed my best friend I was in a coma in April of 1996 Just found IVC Filter on 8-29-16 After many years in n out of ERs Specilist n THANK[Show More]I also have A Greenfield Ivc filter i just found by accident veen in and out Of ERs n Infection specialist also Oncologist now I'm in shock thought I had kidneystone issues and poor circulation from Traumatic Car Accident was a survivor of A DUI Pot head Driver Killed my best friend I was in a coma in April of 1996 Just found IVC Filter on 8-29-16 After many years in n out of ERs Specilist n THANKGOD I was admitted about Health Urologist dignosed me n Now Getting several Procedures By GI These Doctors Don't even mention Recall except My Urologist Literally A Ticking Time Bomb n because of Statue Of Limitations more of us are suffering n Not mentioning anything about removing some are not removeable Already a Double aka amputtee I was in a coma when This was put in Ong ! No legs Godbless hope everyone has better News n help asap Godbless is all IVC filters are not a medical Needed isn't about $$$ We may never see n what good is it when I'm too sick to enjoy it .Ugh

  • JudyAugust 30, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I had a filter put in in 1974. I'm not sure what brand it was, but I have a picture of it, after it migrated on me. It wound up in my lower intestine. Now I have found out it has caused damage to my vena cava. I have no idea what else it has damaged.

  • MaryAugust 12, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    I had the Greenfield IVC Filter installed in 1998. It has caused problems like chest pains, shortness of the breath and infection. I am on medication now. I was never told the side effects of this device and live everyday that thinking that I am a walking time bomb with this device. I never heard they had a recall on this device until niw.

  • LisaJuly 13, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I've had the greenfield device since 1989, post DVT Fall1988 and then Jan 1989 PE emergency implant was ordered. Not had it looked at in a few years since my cardiologist retired and was sent to an internal medicine doc for PCP. should I be concerned?

  • frederickMay 25, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I have a greenfield for over 15yrs I have had a lot of back pain 4 surgerys and a fusion I still have the same pain could the Ivc filter been the cause all along and dr just used it to do not needed back surgerys I to am worried about the filter it has two fractured struts I thought I lived in u.s.a. were due process of law is the norm. I fill like I live in 1940's germany where we are used as tes[Show More]I have a greenfield for over 15yrs I have had a lot of back pain 4 surgerys and a fusion I still have the same pain could the Ivc filter been the cause all along and dr just used it to do not needed back surgerys I to am worried about the filter it has two fractured struts I thought I lived in u.s.a. were due process of law is the norm. I fill like I live in 1940's germany where we are used as test rats and when it goes wrong nobody is held accountable (shame on them) it makes me lose all faith in doctors(SHAME,SHAME,SHAME)may god have mercy on are minds, body,and souls I don't believe anybody will see one red cent from these people!!!

  • TammieMay 20, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I had my filter placed in 2004 prior to major surgery for perforation of my Colon, as I had PE. As if this date, I have had no problems. I did however, speak to a Lawyer. This scares the life out of me, as I thought this would be OK. Now, to worry about this? I have pursued a Lawyer.

  • ChadMay 16, 2016 at 3:56 am

    I had a filter put in October of 2010 it has broken into one part is embedded in my heart and the other is in a vein wall there's nothing they can do for me but hope it doesn't break loose and kill me if it does my family will be set for life but what does that mean now days "life" what a joke that doesn't mean anything anymore.

  • MiguelMay 10, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I had a Filter placed in 2002 after a PE was found in my lung. This is so disturbing .Good luck everyone.

  • KevinMay 10, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Had filter in 2002/2003 and had no problems til about 6 months ago. Area is swollen and pain is coming in, it looks like it's moving and I'm very scared. Will talk to my doctor next week, I have always been told it's super dangerous to be removed. I'll admit I'm very scared at this point.

  • mattApril 27, 2016 at 1:26 am

    I have had a Greenfield filter since Nov 2008, and this is the first I have heard of potential problems and that there is a recommendation to have even the "permanent" filters removed. Just how do we get to a doctor to get this thing out of our body?

  • AudreyApril 15, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I ALSO HAD A GREENFIELD FILTER..PUT IN SINCE 2003. I HAVE ONLY BEEN CHECKED ONCE.. MY FAMILY WAS ASSURED BY THE HOSPITAL IT WAS SAFE At THE TIME..I NOW HAVE LEG PAINS IN MY LEFT LEG. AND PAIN OCASSIONALLY, UNDER MY LEFT RIB CAGE AREA. WEAKNESS IN MY RIGHT ARM. CRAMPS IN MY RIGHT SHOULDER AREA WHEN REACHING.. I AM ALSO AFRAID OF WHAT MAY HAPPEN TO ME. MY FILTER IS THE PERMANENT ONE..IM EVEN AFRAID[Show More]I ALSO HAD A GREENFIELD FILTER..PUT IN SINCE 2003. I HAVE ONLY BEEN CHECKED ONCE.. MY FAMILY WAS ASSURED BY THE HOSPITAL IT WAS SAFE At THE TIME..I NOW HAVE LEG PAINS IN MY LEFT LEG. AND PAIN OCASSIONALLY, UNDER MY LEFT RIB CAGE AREA. WEAKNESS IN MY RIGHT ARM. CRAMPS IN MY RIGHT SHOULDER AREA WHEN REACHING.. I AM ALSO AFRAID OF WHAT MAY HAPPEN TO ME. MY FILTER IS THE PERMANENT ONE..IM EVEN AFRAID TO GET IT CHECKED OUT..AFTER HEARING ABOUT THE DANGER I MAY BE IN. AS WELL AS POSSIBLE FUTURE PROBLEMS, OR EVEN LOSING MY LIFE OVER..SO I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO??

  • MikeApril 15, 2016 at 12:45 am

    I had my Greenfield placed in 1988. 28 years of anxiety over this. Recent visit to a vascular surgeon. He said he's unable to remove it and it was not appropriate for the original surgeon to place it. It was probably placed because of the high payoff for 15 minutes of work.

  • KarenFebruary 27, 2016 at 3:37 am

    I too had an IVC filter in July 2008 after a clot in my leg breaking lose and sending me to an emergency placement of the filter after a PE which almost killed me. No one has ever checked the placement of my filter either! I am worried also! I would also like to reply to Dan's comment as of January 29, 2016... My mother had a DVT in both legs, all the way to the filter, after placement of the gr[Show More]I too had an IVC filter in July 2008 after a clot in my leg breaking lose and sending me to an emergency placement of the filter after a PE which almost killed me. No one has ever checked the placement of my filter either! I am worried also! I would also like to reply to Dan's comment as of January 29, 2016... My mother had a DVT in both legs, all the way to the filter, after placement of the greenfield filter. She had her clots dissolved over a period of 4 days by a Dr Timothy Tytle in OKC at Mercy Hospital 18 months ago. My mother is now 79 years of age. Dr Tytle performs miracles so please Dan - look him up!!!! God bless you!

  • CandiFebruary 23, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I had the green field filter placed in 2010. I had a PE after my daughter was born and the in 2009 I had a DVT after my son was born. I had two dvt's prior to the ones that took place after the birth of my children. I am so worried about it dislodging and me dying. I am my kids only parent. No one has ever checked the placement or followed up with me on how the filter is functioning. My filter is [Show More]I had the green field filter placed in 2010. I had a PE after my daughter was born and the in 2009 I had a DVT after my son was born. I had two dvt's prior to the ones that took place after the birth of my children. I am so worried about it dislodging and me dying. I am my kids only parent. No one has ever checked the placement or followed up with me on how the filter is functioning. My filter is considered not removable....what do I do now?

  • ChandraFebruary 23, 2016 at 1:24 am

    I had a greenfield filter implanted after I developed a massive blood clot in my right leg in 1999 following the birth of my first child. Then in 2005, I developed a clot in my left leg following the birth of my second child, and nobody ever mentioned that these filters are contraindicated for women of child=bearing age. Further testing showed that the clot had risen above the filter. So my doct[Show More]I had a greenfield filter implanted after I developed a massive blood clot in my right leg in 1999 following the birth of my first child. Then in 2005, I developed a clot in my left leg following the birth of my second child, and nobody ever mentioned that these filters are contraindicated for women of child=bearing age. Further testing showed that the clot had risen above the filter. So my doctor implanted a second one higher up in my vena cava. Now I am doubly scared that something could happen. Is it possible to remove the original filter? What are my options?

  • JennFebruary 22, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    At the age of 19 back in February 2004, I had the greenfield filter placed for a DVT I developed during chemotherapy treatments. With all the different treatments I was undergoing there was a miscommunication between departments and they let too much time pass. During removal the doctors discovered the filter tilted and became embedded, making it impossible to remove. I'm 31 and should have my who[Show More]At the age of 19 back in February 2004, I had the greenfield filter placed for a DVT I developed during chemotherapy treatments. With all the different treatments I was undergoing there was a miscommunication between departments and they let too much time pass. During removal the doctors discovered the filter tilted and became embedded, making it impossible to remove. I'm 31 and should have my whole life ahead of me. What options do I have now, if they can't remove the IVC?

  • KarenFebruary 17, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I seriously find it interesting that Boston Scientific had a recall on the stainless steel filter however it stated "Recall does not affect devices implanted in patients." How can they exclude those implanted in patients? I'm not in a good place with this. I am going to see my Primary Care Physician tomorrow and demand that something be done to make sure this thing is still in tact and where it [Show More]I seriously find it interesting that Boston Scientific had a recall on the stainless steel filter however it stated "Recall does not affect devices implanted in patients." How can they exclude those implanted in patients? I'm not in a good place with this. I am going to see my Primary Care Physician tomorrow and demand that something be done to make sure this thing is still in tact and where it is suppose to be. I am seriously concerned about dying from this thing that was suppose to save my life.

  • TracyFebruary 6, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I have had the Greenfield Vena Cava Filter since 2010. I was never told about removal or the possibility of the filter breaking. No Doctor has ever checked the filter although I have had numerous clots since that time. I am concerned as well.

  • danJanuary 30, 2016 at 1:14 am

    i had green field filter put in 1999. it is clogged and can't be removed i am now after 18 day stay in hospital in 2011 being told there is nothing can be done blood thinners for life for clots from filter down to my toes with dvt live with with pain killers for pain in legs and stomach.

  • jamesJanuary 23, 2016 at 2:18 am

    I had the greenfield implanted in 2008. Have had numerous clots since. My right leg is now bigger than the left. And I have raised portions on my leg where the filter has been placed

  • INGRIDJanuary 20, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I got the greenfield filter in 1984 and have had no problems. Do I need to be worried or have it replaced?

  • PamelaJanuary 19, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    I had my Greenfield Vena Cava filter placed in my vena cava on 1/1997. I had several episodes where I had TIA's. Lost feeling on left side of body 3 times. Have blurred vision 2 different times. Spoke like my tongue was tied 2 times. Very scared that it I should get it out.

  • SteveJanuary 7, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I Had greenfield filter implanted June of 2000 and have all kinds of problems with my legs since but no one will say that the filter was to blame. I was supposed to get a card but never got it, after many attempts gave up. I'm not sure what to do next.

  • BarbaraDecember 25, 2015 at 5:51 am

    I have never had any clotting issues but rather had a greenfield filter placed prophylacticly prior to gastric by-pass surgery for weight loss. I will be contacting the maker of this filter and I will pursue having it removed.in January 2016.

  • craigDecember 3, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I have a Greenfield filter since 2012, and I am very worried about living with the risk of perforation, That would be almost certain death, this is a very large vein, If it were to perforate you would bleed out pretty fast, I have had chest pain since that comes and goes, was checked by hospital , and they said nothing was found, is it possible that this filter has something to do with this,

  • LarryDecember 1, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I had an greenfield vena cava filter placed in 2003. 1dvt and a pe while in a coma in icu. This was in Brooke army medical center San Antonio TX. I was in a near fatal car accident on my 28th birthday. I have been having problems for almost 13 years now. What do I do now, my wife believes I should call this # and have it removed. All together it's a scary thought....

  • ReneaNovember 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I had a Greenfield filter placed in 1991 after birth of my twins. I never had clotting issues prior to this. I was told by a nurse that I was predisposed to have a clot because I was pregnant with twins, placed on complete bedrest and then had a c-section. I have only had placement checked once when I was pregnant with my 6th child (after the twins) and that child is now 21 years old. I have notic[Show More]I had a Greenfield filter placed in 1991 after birth of my twins. I never had clotting issues prior to this. I was told by a nurse that I was predisposed to have a clot because I was pregnant with twins, placed on complete bedrest and then had a c-section. I have only had placement checked once when I was pregnant with my 6th child (after the twins) and that child is now 21 years old. I have noticed "shocks" in my left shoulder area periodically, but never gave it much thought until now. I do not know what to do.

  • BradNovember 3, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Had a Greenfield filter put in January 18th 2007, I have muscular dystrophy and now I have this to worry about

  • HelenOctober 19, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I had after cancer surgery a PE they put an ivc filter in. So far it is still in place. I asked after the coma regarding if they can travel or fall apart and hospital staff ensured me they were very safe. A freind told me about the recent lawsuits. I have been getting over the last few years chest x rays, which will show the tiny filter and you can count if all his tiny legs are still attached. I [Show More]I had after cancer surgery a PE they put an ivc filter in. So far it is still in place. I asked after the coma regarding if they can travel or fall apart and hospital staff ensured me they were very safe. A freind told me about the recent lawsuits. I have been getting over the last few years chest x rays, which will show the tiny filter and you can count if all his tiny legs are still attached. I try to not crush it, nt to bend to far, no trauma to the chest and be very carful. I also take a baby aspirin, and have to be for the rest of my life on I urban to keep my lungs working. Hope this post helps somebody. Chest x rays will show the filter

  • AntonioOctober 18, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I have had 2 clods 1 n my legs and n my lungs I have had the Greenfield filter put n 2008 just now hearing about these problems

  • KimOctober 16, 2015 at 1:53 am

    I had my greenfield filter put in in 1997. I was in a coma for a month and my lungs kept collapsing so I guess they had no hesitation at that time. A few months ago I saw on the news that there were lawsuits against Bard filters. I got concerned. My sister is a nurse and said it'd be more dangerous to remove it. I don't know, I'll probably look into getting it checked to see if it's moved. I've ne[Show More]I had my greenfield filter put in in 1997. I was in a coma for a month and my lungs kept collapsing so I guess they had no hesitation at that time. A few months ago I saw on the news that there were lawsuits against Bard filters. I got concerned. My sister is a nurse and said it'd be more dangerous to remove it. I don't know, I'll probably look into getting it checked to see if it's moved. I've never had any problems though

  • CherylOctober 14, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I had the Greenfield filter put in in 2012 and after that immediately I had pains in my left thigh, and ever since have had a hard time walking it's like one leg is longer than the other. Plus I am on Zarylto(spelling wrong and I have had 1 clot in each lung even after having that put in. I still have a lot of pain and I need to stop the Zarylto because I could bleed to death.

  • MikeOctober 13, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Mine has been in place since 2003. It appears that the Greenfield IVC manufactured before March 10, 2004 was included in a FDA Class I Recall. Class I is the most urgent recall. I knew nothing about this until I saw ads on TV about class action lawsuits and started researching it on the web. I'm not sure, but I don't believe that the Greenfield IVC is included in the lawsuit. However, I'm de[Show More]Mine has been in place since 2003. It appears that the Greenfield IVC manufactured before March 10, 2004 was included in a FDA Class I Recall. Class I is the most urgent recall. I knew nothing about this until I saw ads on TV about class action lawsuits and started researching it on the web. I'm not sure, but I don't believe that the Greenfield IVC is included in the lawsuit. However, I'm definitely going to talk to my doctor about it.

  • BarbaraOctober 2, 2015 at 3:01 am

    I had a Greenfield ivc filter placed in 2011. I had multiple PE's DVT's arm leg lungs aortic track. I also have ITP which caused a SAH. I WAS GIVEN A NEW DRUG CALLED N-Plate which caused all the blood clots. The filter was placed just before a large clot broke loose in my leg. It plugged the ivc filter which caused me to have compartment syndrome. I had a double fasciotomy done to my right leg whi[Show More]I had a Greenfield ivc filter placed in 2011. I had multiple PE's DVT's arm leg lungs aortic track. I also have ITP which caused a SAH. I WAS GIVEN A NEW DRUG CALLED N-Plate which caused all the blood clots. The filter was placed just before a large clot broke loose in my leg. It plugged the ivc filter which caused me to have compartment syndrome. I had a double fasciotomy done to my right leg which I now have to wear a custom made hose for life as well as be on warfarin for life. Dangerous drug when you have ITP. Now this with the filter which I still have. No one has checked it since it was placed. What should I do now.

  • EllenSeptember 15, 2015 at 4:29 am

    I've had a Greenfield Filter since 1996. I've had numerious DVT's and a Massive Pulmunary Embolism. Now recently I was in the hospital with an Hemotoma the size of a softball on my right kidney. When the filter was put in they were supposed to check and make sure it was still in place. They have only checked it once in 19yrs. My Sister is in Florida she sent me info about a class action law suit a[Show More]I've had a Greenfield Filter since 1996. I've had numerious DVT's and a Massive Pulmunary Embolism. Now recently I was in the hospital with an Hemotoma the size of a softball on my right kidney. When the filter was put in they were supposed to check and make sure it was still in place. They have only checked it once in 19yrs. My Sister is in Florida she sent me info about a class action law suit against these type of filters. i fully plan on calling tomorrow to see if the Greenfield filter in included in this lawsuit . The worst they can tell me is no. If your curious type in Greenfield Filter and you'll see info from January of 2015. It has me scared a lot. The funny thing is the Dr who put it in swore the thing was safe. Hopefully I get some peace of mind soon about this stupid filter one way or the other.

  • SharonSeptember 8, 2015 at 5:20 am

    I had a greenfield filter placed in 1999 December, prior to gastric bypass. I asked the hospital for the card to carry that stated what kind of filter and the company name twice, with out getting it. Surgery,bypass, was Jan. 2000, I was doing well when in July ,2000, I went to hospital with deep vein thrombosis, and two small clots to my lung. I told them how many clots had gone there and th[Show More]I had a greenfield filter placed in 1999 December, prior to gastric bypass. I asked the hospital for the card to carry that stated what kind of filter and the company name twice, with out getting it. Surgery,bypass, was Jan. 2000, I was doing well when in July ,2000, I went to hospital with deep vein thrombosis, and two small clots to my lung. I told them how many clots had gone there and that it was my left lung wich they concured. I always thought that I was grateful for the filter but now I wonder? Why would they not give me the card and why did they not take the filter out later.

  • ARCHIESeptember 4, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    MY FILTER HAS BEEN IN SINCE 1998. I HAVE BREAKING PROBLEMS. PAIN IN LEFT SHOULD AND LEGS ARE SWOTTEN

  • MelissaSeptember 4, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Currently, I have a non-removable IVC Greenfield Filter. This is a recalled filter. This was placed in 2005 during a hospital stay for a DVT. All together I've had 4 blood clots; 2 Pulmonary Embolisms, 1 DVT, and a blood clot in my right hand. The 2 PE's occurred prior to the placement of the filter. According to a recent study, my filter is now tilted and has a chronic blood clot between the filt[Show More]Currently, I have a non-removable IVC Greenfield Filter. This is a recalled filter. This was placed in 2005 during a hospital stay for a DVT. All together I've had 4 blood clots; 2 Pulmonary Embolisms, 1 DVT, and a blood clot in my right hand. The 2 PE's occurred prior to the placement of the filter. According to a recent study, my filter is now tilted and has a chronic blood clot between the filter and vein wall. I wasn't made aware, at the time it was implanted, that this is a non-retrievable filter; nor was I educated on the types of filters available. It was rushed. When the DVT occurred, I had an 8.1 INR; that is 5.1 higher then what it was supposed to be. My blood was so thin, yet I was told that I was still clotting, (which is why I had a DVT); they said this was highly unusual - they had to give me plasma in order to place the filter. My doctor, back then, did not monitor my Warfarin intake; which is why my blood was so thin. I had to demand to be admitted to the hospital. My doctor argued that my lungs didn't show sign of a pulmonary emboli, and that my air saturation was normal. I continued to tell him that I knew I had a DVT, told him my symptoms, and informed him that if I wasn't admitted it could become a PE. He had the hospital look at me, and of course I was diagnosed with a DVT. I'm not sure if I have to wait until something bad happens in order to take action; but it's scary knowing that it's tilting and that it is moving. :(

  • JenniferSeptember 4, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Please look up dr. William Kuo out of Stanford hospital intentional radiology He was able to successfully remove imbedded greenfield IVC filters I highly recommend as he developed the technique to remove permanent filters.

  • JamesAugust 24, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I've had a Greenfield since 2006. I've recently experienced pain from the bottom of my left knee going downward and bruising in the area. I can't help but to be a little worried after reading this article !

  • JonahAugust 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I've had one since 1995. The doctor's say I'm fine... derp :)

  • LisaAugust 14, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I've had mine since May 1996 also....been having health issues......

  • andyJuly 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I have one since 97 and I have been,told it moved

  • HollyJuly 12, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I have had a greenfield filter since 1999. This is very disturbing to think about :(

  • KarenJune 30, 2015 at 3:49 am

    I have had one since 1994 - this is the first I have heard of a problem.:(

  • MichaelJune 23, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I have a greenfield vena cava filter and I am scared because It has been since 1996

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