An IVC filter can be a life-saving tool. The prospect of a blood clot going to your lungs is highly threatening, and an IVC filter makes it possible to keep blood clots from becoming a severe problem. However, there are some signs to look for that could indicate that it’s time to remove your IVC. If you’re wondering when your IVC filter should come out, here are a few things to consider as you prepare to speak with your doctor.
What Kind Of Filter Is It?
Some IVC filters have defects that cause them to break apart inside the vein, causing significant problems. Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell if your IVC filter has issues because the symptoms don’t always immediately present themselves. But if you’ve experienced the sudden onset of complications such as
- Intense discomfort
- Leg Swelling
- Leg aches
Inform your doctor immediately to determine the best course of action.
Has Your Risk Of Clotting Decreased?
Conditions such as Deep Vein Thrombosis make an IVC filter necessary. Deep vein thrombosis can increase the likelihood that blood clots in your legs travel up to your lungs and create dangerous complications. An IVC filter can help reduce this risk by catching potential clots before they can attach to your lungs. If your Deep Vein Thrombosis has improved, it could be a sign that your chances of clotting may decrease.
Can You Take Blood Thinners?
IVC filters are a standard treatment for DVT patients that cannot tolerate blood thinners. Your doctor may recommend IVC filter removal if you can take blood thinners as part of your DVT treatment.
What Happens With IVC Filter Removal?
Just like its counterpart, the IVC removal process is generally straightforward. Your doctor can use ultra guidance to aid in IVC retrieval. An IVC removal is typically an outpatient procedure so you can get back to your regular activities reasonably quickly.
If you have questions about removing your IVC filter or want to know more about DVT treatments, we are happy to help you. Please contact us today for a consultation by calling our Waldorf office at 301-979-7078.