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Forum Name: Surgery Topics

Question: IVC Filter


 Samba - Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:24 pm

How is a retrievable IVC filter removed?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:47 pm

User avatar Hi Samba,

Typically, if needed, these IVC filters are placed and removed by catheters that are inserted into the veins in your thigh/groin area. This is basically the same procedure as a cardiac catheterization except that the catheters don't need to go all the way to the heart.

Best wishes.

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