19 Jul Cordis TrapEase and OptEase IVC Filter Lawsuit
Cordis is a Johnson and Johnson and Johnson Company. Cordis began distributing its TrapEase IVC Filter in the United States in 2000 after gaining approval form the United States Food and Drug Administration. In 2002 Cordis gained FDA approval to market the OptEase IVC Filter, which was basically the same design as the Trapease Filter with the addition of a hook intended to make it easier to remove the IVC Filter in the event of a problem.
The Cordis TrapEase and OptEase IVC Filters unique design was intended to prevent some of the problems which known to occur with previous IVC filter designs which often result in death or severe injury to IVC Implant recipients. Despite the unique design of the Cordis OptEase and TrapEase IVC which was intended to improve safety and eliminate common IVC Filter problems, recipients of the Cordis devices continued to experience many of the same problems known to exist with all IVC Fitlers. Some of the problems known to occur with IVC Filters are:
IVC Filter Tilt: This is when the IVC Filter malfunctions and is no longer at the proper angle inside the Inferior Vena Cava. Once a filter Tilts it generally will no longer function as intended and is also more likely to malfunction in other ways.
IVC Filter Migration: IVC Filer Migration occurs when all or part of an IVC Filter (when the filter has fractured or broken) moves to another part of the body, often directly into the heart.
IVC Filter Fracture: IVC Filter Fracture generally occurs after the filter has tilted. IVC Filter Fracture involves the filter breaking into pieces. The pieces of the IVC filter often have sharp points and can migrate or move to other parts of the body, often the heart, and cause death or severe injury.
IVC Filter Puncture: IVC Filter puncture occurs when the struts or legs of the filter pierce the Inferior Vena Cava. Once the Inferior Vena Cava is punctured, pieces of the IVC filter, often sharp pieces, can escape the Inferior Vena Cava and puncture the Spine, Kidney and other vital organs.
IVC Filter Occlusion and Embolization: IVC Filters often become occluded by blood clots. In some cases, the tissue of the Inferior Vena Cava can begin to over grow the IVC filter, like skin over grows a splinter that has not been removed. If the IVC Filter becomes clogged with blood clots or over grown by tissue, the Inferior Vena Cava can become completely or partially blocked cutting off essentially all blood flow to the heart. When blood flow to the heart is overly restricted or completely cut off, death or severe injury becomes likely.
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