Medical Imaging

Angiography > Exams & Procedures > IVC Filter Insertion

This procedure is performed for individuals who have a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and cannot receive blood thinners for medical reasons. The filter is a permanent device planted in the venous system to trap blood clots before they travel to the lung or brain.

This is a venous procedure. The device can be implanted either from the neck or groin region. Local anaesthetic is given to numb the skin. The device is deployed through a catheter and is pretty painless. Once the doctor has taken his/her pictures of the blood vessel and deployed the filter, he/she will apply pressure to the puncture site for about five minutes.

You will be on bed rest for a few hours after the procedure is done.

There is no special preparation for this procedure.

Note: Occasionally this device may be implanted as a temporary measure prior to surgery.