Inferior Vena Cava Filter Insertion

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. The procedure will normally be performed via local anaesthetic with sedation if required. The procedure takes less than an hour.

After your procedure?

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.