Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter

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What Is Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter ?

An Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter is a tiny metal device—resembling the frame of an umbrella—that a vascular Specialist like Dr. Sheorain can place in the inferior vena cava (large vein in your body) to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs which can sometimes lead to sudden death.

Dr. Sheorain a world renowned vascular specialist has created this webpage on IVC filter for a purpose. Recently, he came across a patient who have undergone IVC filter (a tiny metal device) placement while she was travelling outside India for an emergency indication (reason). When she returned back to India, she wanted to get rid of this metal piece from her body. But to her surprise, she couldn’t find any useful information online about a IVC filter specialist or a hospital where her IVC filter could be safely removed. She randomly choose a hospital but unfortunately went to a physician who was not trained enough to remove the IVC filter. Because of lack of expertise the IVC filter couldn’t be removed and she was told that she will have to live rest of her life with this metal piece within her body. This was nerve wrecking for her and she was bit depressed, couldn’t concentrate on her work and couldn’t sleep properly then onwards with fear of developing some complications due to this metal piece left inside her body. As we all say “ God is Great”, somehow she came to know about Dr. Sheorain by someone known to her. Dr. Sheorain who is trained in IVC filter placement and removal and has done thousands of this procedure. Dr. Sheorain with his vast experience & expertise could manage to remove this piece of metal from her body. Thereafter she was happy and could have sound sleep. She requested Dr. Sheorain to please create a webpage on IVC filter so that no other patient has to undergo same trouble she went through. The sole motive behind this webpage is to spread awareness among the physicians and common man about IVC filter placement and removal.

Why is IVC filter needed or placed in your body?

In Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) blood clot develops in primary veins of the pelvis, thigh, or calf, or less frequently the arms, abdomen, and chest.

Clot formation can extend towards vein’s adjacent areas, causing localized inflammation that may cause further blood clot growth. A clot in a deep vein can also cause dangerous complication like pulmonary embolism, in which a clot breaks and circulates in the blood stream, and resides in the lungs, where it can cause heart and lung collapse.

People with Deep vein thrombosis(DVT) are at a high risk for bleeding complications. In these patients interventional radiologists places a tiny metal wire filter (inferior vena cava or IVC filter) into the vena cava, the large abdominal vein that carries blood back to your heart and lungs, to prevent clots from traveling to these organs.

In many cases especially young people, the filter should be removed once the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed. Dr. Sheorain believes that physicians who place or insert IVC filter in patients less than 80 years old should opt for a Removable IVC Filter so that if possible this piece of metal can be removed from the body.

How is IVC filter Placed and Removed?

An IVC filter is a tiny metal device—resembling the frame of an umbrella—that Vascular Specialist like Dr. Sheorain can place in the inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs.

A removable IVC filter has a small hook or knob at one end, so interventional radiologists can close it, and pull it into the catheter and withdraws it out of the body when the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed.

It is very important to know that the IVC filter should be removed from your body as soon as it is not required further. As the time progresses, this is fibrosis going on along the hooks of Filter and then it becomes very difficult to remove the IVC Filter from your body.

What will happen during the procedure?

To relax you and block any pain we will intravenously give you a combination of medicines called “conscious sedation.” Using X-ray and/or ultrasound image guidance, we will insert a long, very thin tube called a catheter through a small incision in a vein in your neck or groin. The IVC filter is mounted on the tip of the catheter; it is closed or “collapsed” at the time of insertion. Once we have advanced the catheter to the target location in the vena cava we will open or “deploy” the filter, then withdraw the catheter. The procedure usually gets over within one hour. When the danger of a clot traveling to the lungs has passed we can remove the IVC filter during a similar procedure.

Are there any risks?

Complications from the procedure may include bleeding at the insertion site; or very rarely stroke or pulmonary embolism.

Post Treatment:

After the procedure, you rest in the recovery area of the hospital and your doctors monitors you closely, and finally IVC filter is removed when appropriate time comes.

Advise from Dr. Sheorain:

IVC filter Placement or Removal demands expertize. It shall be performed only by those vascular specialists or physicians who have got special training to do so. Dr. Sheorain is an authority in IVC filter placement and Removal. He is well known in the Country to Remove Complex IVC filter which couldn’t be removed in other centers. We hope this webpage is beneficial to general public who are looking for information on IVC filter placement or Removal.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Virender Sheorain on 9868887666 or email on in case you need second opinion on IVC filter.

Treatment Photos

IVC Filter placed by Dr. Sheorain in the large Vein of body called Inferior Vena Cava aka IVC.

IVC filter Removal by Dr. Sheorain

IVC filter after is was removed out from the patients body


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