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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

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

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    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.
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    Your consultant will explain the IVC filter insertion and answer any questions you might have.
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    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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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

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    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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