What are vena cava filters for treating venous disease?

Vena cava filters are special devices that are inserted into the main vein (vena cava) to prevent blood clots from moving from the vein in the legs to the lung, which would result in a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.

Why do I need vena cava filters?

Vena cava filters may be used as a venous disease treatment option for select patients who have a blood clot in a vein but cannot take anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, such as heparin or Coumadin, or for patients who are taking anticoagulants and continue to develop clots.

Where is the procedure performed and who performs this procedure?

The procedure is performed in the hospital by a vascular surgeon.

How do I find out if I am a candidate for this procedure?

To find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please call the Vascular Surgery Department at 216.444.4508 or 800.223.2273 ext. 4-4508.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/10/2019.

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