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Inferior vena cava filter placement is a procedure to place a filter into your inferior vena cava (IVC). The IVC is a large blood vessel that brings blood from your lower body back to your heart. The filter is a small mesh device. It is placed in the center of the IVC to trap blood clots going to your heart or lungs. You may need an IVC filter if you have a blood clot in your leg. You may also need an IVC filter if your risk of blood clots is increased, such as after surgery or during pregnancy. You may need a temporary or permanent filter.
You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. Healthcare providers will watch you closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. You will then be taken to your hospital room. Your healthcare provider may remove the bandage to check the procedure area.
You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. Your IVC and the tissue around it may be damaged during the procedure. Your filter may break, loosen, move, or get blocked. You may need another procedure to fix these problems.
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