Re: filter for blood clot (dvt)
I have the prototype of the filter that was just being used back in 1981. I was only 21 at the time. I had a clot in my leg the size of a golf ball that wouldn't lessen in size even with heprin. The Dr decided that he wanted to use the filter, but the hospital I was in wasn't using it yet. Hopkins was. It was still in the experimental stages at Hopkins. It had been approved by the FDA, but every hospital seems to wait to see what Hopkins has to say about something first.
Once it was installed I didn't have to worry about any emboli from traveling elsewhere. I still get clots from time to tome, but the filter has done its job. Years later, I was seeing a Dr from Hopkins and he told me that he personally, didn't like using the filter because even though it took care of the emboli it masked the root of the problem.
I would say that in your case, you go to another Dr. for another opinion. I know that there are a lot of new oral blood thinners out there, I've always taken coumadin, so maybe what you husband is taking might be different than mine and works to help preventing anymore clots. My filter was put in after the first clot, but that was years ago and things do change.