IVC Filter Placement

An IVC Filter is a specially shaped mesh made of very thin wires. It is placed in the center of the IVC to trap blood clots from going to your heart or lungs. This helps prevent the blood clots from blocking blood vessels in your lungs and causing serious problems.

Procedure

  • You will lie on your back.
  • You will be attached to a heart monitor and blood pressure cuff.
  • A small catheter (tube) will be inserted in your groin.
  • You will stay a minimum of two hours post procedure.
  • You must have a ride home.
  • You will also need blood work (PT/PTT, CBC with platelets).

Preparation

  • Bring a prescription from your doctor to your interview.
  • Consume nothing by mouth after midnight the night before your procedure.
  • If you are currently taking any blood thinner (Coumadin, Aspirin, Motrin, Lovenox, Plavix), you need to stop it five days prior to exam and inform your doctor.
  • Bring a list of your current medications.
  • You will stay one to three hours post procedure for recovery.
  • You must have a ride home.
  • Patients with diabetes, who are currently taking Glucophage or Metformin, are strongly advised to stop taking these medications for 48 hours following procedures where contrast agents are administered. Patients taking any form of Glucophage or Metformin need to contact their doctor before resuming their medication as additional blood work including Creatinine may be needed.
  • Arrive one hour prior to scheduled procedure.
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