Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Placement Overview

An IVC filter is a mechanism that can be set in the Inferior Vena Cava, a large vein that collects blood from the lower regions of the body through simple iliac veins and takes to the heart where it ends in the right atrium.

The purpose of the device is to stop the free blood clots flowing with the blood to the heart. The reason for preventing the clot (called an embolus) is to prevent an interference in the flow of blood in the lobar arteries where they usually end up.

The clots may even, under more extraordinary events reach the brain and cause cells to be stripped of blood. This complication is called ischemia and it can, in turn, lead to ‘infarction’ which is when the cells die due to requiring of nutrition.You can also visit here to get more info on ivc placements.

IVC filters catch the clots on their way up to the heart and cage them until an Interventional Radiologist extracts it. IVC filters come into the picture when conventional medicine either cannot be taken by the patient due to pre-existing difficulties or due to an impending surgical system involving the risk of blood loss.

Usually, the Interventional Radiologists sit down with the victims and propose them to the perks and risks of inserting an IVC filter and the patient can then decide whether or not they want to go for it.

Patients are normally guided to stick to a particular diet or lifestyle a few days before going under the knife. These may involve forbidding patients from consuming alcohol, or smoking or any using any unprescribed drugs. The doctor additionally advises the patients on whether they should stay taking the medicine they have been taking for other ailments.