IVC filter which is no longer needed
IVC filters can be protective against pulmonary embolism, but can also cause long-term complications such as thrombosis, fracture or migration. Thus, it is preferable to remove IVC filters which are no longer needed.
An interventional radiologist uses ultrasound to access the jugular vein at the neck. A snare is used to engage the hook at the top of the filter, and a sheath is passed over the filter to collapse and remove it. Sometimes more advanced maneuvers are required for filter removal.
Conscious sedation or general anesthesia
Bleeding, IVC thrombosis, infection
Two to three hours of bed rest, then discharge home the same day