IVC Filter Placement
Are you suffering from deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is the result of blood clots deep inside your body? An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter may be exactly what you need.
What is an IVC filter placement?
Designed to prevent a blood clot from entering one’s lungs, an IVC filter is a small device placed inside the inferior vena cava vein. Located in the right atrium of the heart, the inferior vena cava vein, or posterior vena cava, is tasked with carrying oxygenated blood from the lower body to the heart. This minimally-invasive filter placement is put in during a short surgery by doctors at PA Vascular Institute, which is located in Philadelphia, PA. We also service Philadelphia, PA, King of Prussia, PA, Lehigh Valley, PA, and the surrounding areas.
Tasked with bringing blood with not enough oxygen and waste products back to the heart, veins play an important part in your body. Similar to veins, arteries are blood vessels that transport oxygen-rich blood and other nutrients to the body.
Occurring mostly in the legs, DVT is the result of one or more blood clots in your body. A potential medical issue that could lead to death, DVT is something that should be taken care of immediately following showing signs of symptoms. In some cases, some blood clots could be set free on their own and be transported up into the lungs. From that point, the clot can cause a blockage in a vessel called pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism can cause severe shortness of breath and even sudden death.
Although DVT symptoms can go unnoticed for any period of time, some common symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include:
- Swelling in the affected leg or both legs
- Pain in your leg – cramping or soreness can be early signs of leg pain
- Red or discolored skin on your legs
- Blanket of warmth in the suspected leg
The IVC filter is a great method to prevent pulmonary embolism. The small, wiry device is placed in the IVC and allows blood to flow through it. The device is designed to catch blood clots before reaching the lungs or heart while still allowing blood to flow freely.
Why would I need an IVC filter placement?
There are many different reasons why one would be interested in IVC filter placement. Those who have or are currently dealing with DVT or pulmonary embolism or have had either condition in the past, are great candidates for IVC filter placement. Those who are at high risk of getting a DVT should also consider getting an IVC filter placement. Your risk of DVT is increased by anything that slows the movement of blood through your veins. The following conditions can increase your chances of getting a DVT:
- Any type of surgery that hindered your mobility during recovery, which can lead to clotting
- Medical conditions that limit mobility
- Injury to a deep vein in a leg
- Inherited blood disorders
- Cancer treatment
- Old age
An IVC filter placement surgery is minimally-invasive. Patients will be back on their feet in no time. Most patients are able to go home the same day following the procedure. Rest and avoiding strenuous exercise for 24 hours following surgery is what the doctors at PA Vascular Institute recommend following surgery. Patients are back to 100% in just a day or two following the procedure.
Along with IVC filter placement, we also provide IVC filter removal and retrieval for those in:
- Lehigh Valley, PA
- King of Prussia, PA
- Philadelphia, PA