Skip to Main Content

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Removal


Request an appointment online or
call us. 305-243-1815 or 305-243-5509

Your inferior vena cava (IVC) is the main vein that returns blood from your lower body to your heart. You may need an IVC filter if you’re at risk for developing deep vein thrombosis (dangerous blood clots in your legs) or because you are immobile for an extended period. This filter catches blood clots before they can travel to your lungs and cause a dangerous pulmonary embolism (blockage in your lung). 

The University of Miami Health System interventional radiology experts use removable IVC filters. If you’re no longer at risk for blood clots, we can remove your IVC filter using a minimally invasive procedure.

Why Choose UHealth?

Expert care from highly trained interventional radiologists. Our interventional radiologists and radiology specialists are experts in a variety of minimally invasive procedures — everything from treatments to clear blocked blood vessels to advanced cancer therapies like NanoKnife®.

Leading-edge imaging care in South Florida. Our doctors are also researchers discovering new ways to improve diagnosis and treatment. That means you can get some of today’s most promising advancements through clinical trials. You benefit from the latest developments that are fast-tracked from the lab to the bedside.

Questions? We're here to help.

Our appointment specialists are ready to help you find what you need. Contact us today.

Who is a Candidate?

You may be able to have your IVC filter removed if you’re no longer at risk for developing dangerous blood clots.

What to Expect

Your interventional radiologist may tell you not to eat or take certain medicines, like aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), before your procedure. Always tell your doctor what medicines you’re taking, including vitamins or herbs.

You receive general anesthesia, so you’re asleep during the procedure. Your doctor also numbs the area where they will make an incision so you won’t feel pain.

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your doctor makes an incision in your neck or upper thigh. They use X-ray imaging to guide a catheter (thin, flexible tube) through the incision and next to the filter in your vena cava. Your doctor uses a tool to grab a hook on the filter, allowing them to close it and pull it back through the catheter.

After the filter is removed, your doctor removes the catheter and closes the incision with a bandage or dressing. You can go home a few hours after surgery (outpatient procedure) and return to normal activities within a day or two.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.