IVC Filter Placement
When a patient has a problem with blood clots, sometimes a filter needs to be placed into a large vein to prevent the blood from traveling to a different area in the body. Blood clots that reach the heart, brain, or lungs can cause life threatening conditions. An IVC, or inferior vena cava filter is a device that is implanted into the largest vein of the body. It traps blood clots and prevents them from causing further harm.