A vena cava filter helps prevent blood clots from travelling to the lungs and heart, where they may block blood flow.
Your doctor removes the filter using a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. This goes into your vein. A removable filter has a small hook on it. The doctor can use the hook to help pull the filter out of the vein.
A filter may be taken out because it can cause problems if you have one for a long time. It can break or become blocked with one or more blood clots. This can be serious.
Most people go home a few hours after the procedure. You will probably be able to go back to work or your normal routine in a day or two.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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