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Inferior Vena Cava (Ivc) Filter Removal

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

Why does my IVC filter need to be removed?

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

How do I prepare for the procedure?

What will happen during IVC filter removal?

What will happen after IVC filter removal?

What are the risks of IVC filter removal?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. Your IVC and the tissue around it may be 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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