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Inferior Vena Cava (Ivc) Filter Placement

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 3, 2024.

What is IVC filter placement?

IVC filter placement is a procedure to place a filter into your inferior vena cava (IVC). The IVC is a large blood vessel that brings blood from your lower body back to your heart. The device is placed in the center of the IVC to trap blood clots going to your heart or lungs. You may need an IVC filter if you have a blood clot in your leg. You may also need an IVC filter if your risk of blood clots is increased, such as after surgery or during pregnancy. You may need a temporary or permanent filter.

How do I prepare for IVC filter placement?

What will happen during IVC filter placement?

What will happen after IVC filter placement?

When is an IVC filter removed?

An IVC filter is usually removed when the risk for a blood clot has decreased. You may be able to take a blood thinner medicine and no longer need a filter. Your healthcare provider will tell you when you may be able to have the filter removed.

What are the risks of an IVC filter placement?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. Your IVC and the tissue around it may be damaged during the procedure. Your filter may break, loosen, move, or get blocked. You may need another procedure to fix these problems.

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