What is a Vena Cava Filter Placement?

This procedure involves the placement of a filter in the Inferior Vena Cava (the large vein that carries blood to your heart). This is done to prevent clots from travelling to the lungs in patients who are at high risk after surgery or trauma, or in patients who suffer from DVT (deep vein thrombosis). Using image-guidance, doctors place a catheter (a long, thin tube) into a blood vessel and place a tiny filter into the Vena Cava to trap any potential clots.