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Inferior Vena Cava Filter Removal


What is inferior vena cava filter removal?

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter removal is a procedure to remove your IVC filter.

Why do I need my IVC filter removed?

Your IVC filter is usually removed when your risk for a blood clot has decreased. You may be able to take blood thinner medicine and no longer need a filter.

What happens during IVC filter removal?

Your healthcare provider will insert a catheter (thin plastic tube) into a blood vessel in your neck or groin. He will use an ultrasound or x-ray to guide the catheter to your IVC filter. The hook at the tip of the catheter will attach to the filter and remove it from the walls of your IVC. Your healthcare provider will pull the catheter and the filter out together. He will press firmly on the area where the catheter went in, to stop any bleeding. After a few minutes, your healthcare provider will put a bandage on the area.

What are the risks of IVC filter removal?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your IVC and the tissue around it may get damaged during the procedure. Your healthcare provider may not be able to remove your filter because it has changed position. You may need another procedure to remove your filter.

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