What is an IVC filter placement? Why would I need one?

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are a type of vascular filter implanted into the inferior vena cava in patients who have a history or risk of developing DVT’s or blood clots in the legs or pelvis that may develop into pulmonary emboli, or a blood clot in the lungs.

Physicians use guided imaging to place IVC filters into the veins for those at risk of a blood clot. A catheter is inserted into a large vein in the neck or groin and guided to the inferior vena cava, or IVC, in the abdomen. Once it is in the correct position, the filter is released, allowing it to fully expand and attach itself to the walls of the blood vessel. This will allow the filter to trap clots that are working their way up into the lungs. This minimally invasive procedure is quick and relatively pain-free.

Your physician may recommend an IVC filter for conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolus (PE), severe physical trauma, immobility or recent surgery or childbirth.

Your healthcare team will help you choose the best treatment options for your situation. If you want to learn more about treatment for DVT and PE or if you have been told that you need an IVC Filter Placement, please contact VCU Health at Baird Vascular Institute at (804) 828-2600 or email us at bairdvascularinstitute@mcvh-vcu.edu.

How is Baird Vascular Institute affiliated with VCU Health?

Every day, there’s a new discovery at VCU Health. Whether it’s a patient who undergoes a new, life-saving procedure or a clinical researcher who finds promise in a new cancer treatment, exciting medical advances are taking place. As the only academic medical center in the region, VCU Health is on the forefront of health care, providing patients with the most progressive treatments and medical technology available.

For the third time, VCU Health has been ranked a #1 hospital in Virginia and the Richmond metro area by U.S.News & World Report®. Thanks to the dedication, compassion and expertise of its more than 11,000 team members — from doctors, nurses and resident medical staff to support personnel and administrators — the medical center also enjoys consistently high patient satisfaction ratings.

The interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons of VCU Health teamed up to create a unique and exciting service for patients in Central Virginia. By combining the experience and expertise of these two areas, these skilled physicians offer the very best in vascular care for the Greater Richmond area at Baird Vascular Institute. Our state-of-the-art facility offers customized vascular care tailored to the individual needs of each patient — set in a warm and friendly environment located conveniently just off Interstate I-195.

VCU Health at Baird Vascular Institute is unique in that it combines the very best expertise and knowledge of a prominent academic medical center with the convenience of an outpatient clinic. Designed to be patient friendly and easily accessible, the Baird Vascular Institute provides patients with a comfortable setting for the diagnosis and treatment of many vascular conditions.