Interventional Radiology at Union Hospital, Dover Ohio

IVC (Inferior Vena Cava) Filter Placement

What is an IVC (Inferior Vena Cava) Filter Placement?

Interventional Radiology team at work.
Interventional Radiology team at work.

An IVC Filter is placed into the patient's Inferior Vena Cava or IVC blood vessel to catch and stop blood clots moving from the patient's leg to the lungs, causing breathing problems.

What will happen?

The doctor will gain access to the patient's venous system through a large vein at the top of the leg or at the right side of the patient's neck. From either location a catheter is placed in to the IVC (Inferior Vena Cava) and X-ray contrast (Dye) is injected to confirm the proper location to place the filter. The filter is placed through the catheter and expanded into place.

IVC Filter placed in a large vein to catch blood clots.
Filter placed in a large vein to catch blood clots.

Will it hurt?

Generally this procedure does not cause pain. Except for our talking with the patient, most people are unaware that the procedure is taking place.

When can I get back to my normal activity?

Normally you can go home that day and get back to your normal activity the next day. The doctor or nurse will let you know for sure.

When do I get my results?

The doctor will be able to tell you and your family the results as soon as the procedure is finished.

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