Inferior vena cava filter insertion

IVC filter insertion

If you have problems with blood clotting you may need an IVC filter. Our radiology experts can help to treat you

About an IVC filter

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter insertion is predominantly used to prevent blood clots travelling from your legs or pelvis to the lungs.

A filter is placed in the IVC, a large abdominal vein that returns blood back to the heart. The filter traps any clots, preventing them reaching the lungs or heart. This limits the chance of a pulmonary embolism. 

Need to know

  • What happens during an IVC procedure?  icon plus

    The IVC filter procedure normally takes place in the angiography department. The procedure will normally be performed via local anaesthetic with sedation if required. The procedure takes less than an hour.
  • How to prepare  icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the IVC filter insertion and answer any questions you might have.
  • After your procedure  icon plus

    After your IVC filter insertion, you will usually be able to return home the same day, although you will need to rest for a few days.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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