Jefferson University Hospitals

Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement & Removal

If you or someone you care for has a history of or is at risk of developing blood clots in their legs and blood thinning medications have not been successful, your physician may recommend an inferior vena cava filter placement procedure.

What Does Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement and Removal Involve?

During this procedure, interventional radiologists at Jefferson use image guidance to place a filter in the inferior vena cava (IVC), the large vein in the abdomen that returns blood from the lower body to the heart. This filter traps blood clot fragments and prevents them from traveling to your heart and lungs, where they could cause severe complications and even death.