The UCLA IVC Filter Clinic offers comprehensive coordination of care for all your IVC filter issues, including patient consults, scheduling, coordination, follow up, and education. We invite you to explore your treatment options at UCLA IR, and we look forward to managing any issues related to your IVC filter.
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When the filter is no longer needed, prompt removal is desired to avoid long-term complications. These complications include new clots, blockage of the veins, filter fracture and filter movement (embolization). In the majority of cases the filter is easily removed, however for some patients, standard retrieval methods fail and our expert team can use new endovascular methods to retrieve a variety of IVC filters, regardless of implantation length, which have become embedded within the IVC.
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UCLA interventional radiologist John Moriarty, MD discusses IVC filters—small metal cages placed into the veins to prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart and lungs. He will discuss finer points about IVC filters and recommend when they should be placed and removed.
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