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What is the Tempofilter II?
Manufactured and marketed by B. Braun, the Tempofilter II is a retrievable IVC filter that is designed to ensure an effective caval filtration for up to 3 months. Unlike the original Tempofilter, the next generation Tempofilter II features tethering catheter, which does not require fixation barbs to ensure a correct positioning.
Braun says the Tempofilter II offers minimal endothelialization for easy retrieval and a subcutaneous fixation device which ensures a minimal risk of infection at the puncture site.
What’s the Problem?
Despite its advantages, patients have still been injured after being implanted with the Tempofilter II. According to one report, a 62-year-old man who received the Tempofilter II had it removed three weeks after being implanted. Unfortunately, a filter leg broke and become embedded in the patient’s vena cava wall. The man was put on blood-thinning medications and discharged from the hospital without removing the broken filter leg.
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IVC Filter Studies
An April 2013 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine  looked at complications associated with IVC filter placement in 952 patients. About 680 patients were implanted with retrievable vena cava filters, and only 58 were successfully removed. Doctors made 13 unsuccessful removal attempts, 11 of which occurred in patients whose filters had remained in place for over 85 days.
Of the 13 unsuccessful IVC filter removal attempts:
- 8 patients couldn’t have their filters removed because they were embedded;
- 3 patients couldn’t have their devices removed because the filters had punctured a blood vessel;
- 2 patients’ filters had migrated to a position that wouldn’t allow for removal, and
- 1 patient had a blood clot inside the filter.
In June 2015, a study published in the Journal of Vascular Interventional Radiology  found that the Cook Celect IVC filter had a 43% rate of perforation compared to the Option filer made by Rex Medical, which had a 0% perforation rate. The researchers noted this was a “significantly higher rate” of perforation.
Another study published in the Annals of Surgery  in October 2015 found that patients who suffer traumatic injuries face a “life-threatening” risk for blood clots, but that IVC filters don’t provide a survival benefit. For the study, researchers looked at 803 patients who received an IVC filter after a traumatic event between 2010 and 2014.
They found that not only did the IVC filter recipients fail to receive a survival benefit, but they also suffered deep vein thrombosis (DVT) events at an increased rate. Trauma patients are being implanted with IVC filters at increasing rates despite a lack of proof that the devices help, the researchers concluded.
IVC Filter Complications
- IVC Filter Fracture
- IVC Perforation, Puncture or Serious Damage to the Heart, Lungs or Vena Cava
- Internal Bleeding
- Blood clots
- Deep Venous Thrombosis
- Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
- Ventricle Tachycardia
- Lower Limb DVT
- Hematoma or Nerve Injury at the Puncture Site
- Constant and Severe Pain in the Heart, Chest or Elsewhere in the Body
- Pulmonary Embolism
Who is Eligible to File an IVC Filter Lawsuit?
IVC filter lawsuits can be filed by anyone who has suffered from the use of an IVC filter or the families of those who have suffered or died from the use of these devices. These lawsuits claim that the manufacturing companies and medical professionals applying faulty products had a debt of responsibility to warn the users of the dangers of these products.
But it will be important to act quickly as there is a time limit in which these lawsuits must be filed. This is called the “statute of limitations” and is different from state to state.
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The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Tempofilter II IVC filter lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new IVC filter complications cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Tempofilter II IVC Filter Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has had an IVC filter implanted, you should contact our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are evaluating every individual case regardless of whether you have been injured or not. So, if you have received an IVC filter implant, we would like to speak with you. You may be entitled to compensation to an IVC filter settlement by filing an IVC Filter Lawsuit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.