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Dr. Jason Bauer
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Ivc Filter Placement (Overview)

An inferior vena cava (ivc) filter is a medical device placed into the ivc (the large vein in the abdomen) to prevent lower extremity or pelvic vein blood clots from reaching the lungs. Ivc filters are placed via the femoral or jugular veins. Some are permanent, while others are made to be retrievable.


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Explain an ivc filter placement?

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Explain an ivc filter placement?

IVC filter: An ivc filter is a small metal device shaped like an umbrella without the fabric. It is placed in patients who are at risk for pulmonary embolism, but who cannot tolerate or fail treatment with blood thinners. It is placed through a catheter via the jugular vein (in the neck) or the femoral vein (in the groin) ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Bauer
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Ivc Filter Placement (Overview)

An inferior vena cava (ivc) filter is a medical device placed into the ivc (the large vein in the abdomen) to prevent lower extremity or pelvic vein blood clots from reaching the lungs. Ivc filters are placed via the femoral or jugular veins. Some are permanent, while others are made to be retrievable.


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Could an implanted greenfield filter in the vena cava artery cause hyperthrophy of the heart?

Could an implanted greenfield filter in the vena cava artery cause hyperthrophy of the heart?

No: A greenfield filter can't cause hypertrophy of the heart because it is upstream of the heart. In general the heart hypertrophies because of a blockage downstream leading to higher pressure within the heart (just like when you put your finger over a garden hose). ...Read more

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Whats a peripheral intravascular stent placement?

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Whats a peripheral intravascular stent placement?

Dilation of blockage: Using a vascular catheter, not an open surgical procedure, a balloon is used to dilate a blocked artery. This may be followed by placing a stent, a metal alloy support scaffold, can be placed to hold the vessel open. Aggressive medications will be needed to control the risk factors that contributed to the blockage. ...Read more

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Where is the perma cath placed for dialysis?

Where is the perma cath placed  for dialysis?

The neck: The permacath is placed in the internal jugular vein on either the right or left side of the neck. It is generally considered a temporary dialysis access, with an arteriovenous fistula being the favored dialysis access. It is recommended that people not shower with a permcath because it increases the infection risk. ...Read more

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Filter placement for clots:post op after a heart and liver transplant 6yrs ago. A piece of filter has traveled to lung. Dr wants to remove filter.Why?

Filter placement for clots:post op after a heart and liver transplant 6yrs ago. A piece of  filter has traveled to lung. Dr wants to remove filter.Why?

More: Possible that other, larger fragment could move( unusual) may be some other concern with migration, penetration. May need a new one above depending on current status. She needs to ask risks, benefits, options? ...Read more

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Dialysis shunt and dialysis fistula the same?

Dialysis shunt and dialysis fistula the same?

No: A shunt, or graft, is a piece of synthetic tubular material inserted under the skin that dialysis needles insert directly into. A fistula is a connection of your own artery to a vein. Needles are then placed into the vein when the wall thickness matures. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how hepatic portal vein anastomose with superior vena cava and inferior vena cava?

Can you tell me how hepatic portal vein anastomose with superior vena cava and inferior vena cava?

Normal anatomy?: The portal vein is majority blood supply to the liver. It carries nutrient-rich blood from the gut to the liver. After passing through the liver, blood leaves via the hepatic veins and enters the inferior vena cava. There is a procedure, called TIPS, which creates a direct shunt between the portal vein and hepatic vein. ...Read more

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Is operation the only option for deep vein thrombosis with pulmonory embolism?

Is operation the only option for deep vein thrombosis with pulmonory embolism?

Depends: Surgical treatment is usually reserved for massive pulmonary embolism (pe) or in chronic pe cases. In most instances DVT and pe are treated with clot dissolving drugs (thrombolysis) and blood thinners (anticoagulation). Sometimes DVT is treated "invasively" by an interventional radiologist to help direct the therapy to the clot directly. ...Read more

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How often are there complications when removing a ivc filter?

How often are there complications when removing a ivc filter?

Rarely: Retrievable filters (most of the recently placed ones) usually come out with little problems. We check to see if they clot caught in them before removing them. More difficult ones can be removed with advanced techniques or with a laser-sheath. This is almost always an outpatient procedure done with IV sedation. ...Read more

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Is coronary artery bypass surgery compatible with varicose veins?

Is coronary artery bypass surgery compatible with varicose veins?

Yes and No: Coronary artery bypass requires some form of conduit for bypass. Superficial veins from the lower limbs have been used for bypass. Smaller arteries from the underside of the chest wall have been used in favor of veins for the left side of the heart. Early enlarged varicose veins can still be used for bypass; however more advanced wall bulges and wall aneurysms Prohibit use of the varicosed veins. ...Read more

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What is the best stent for angioplasty? "Xience stent" or "resolute integrity stent"?

Stent: You need to discuss stents with your interventional cardiologist. The various stents available have subtle differences which make different operators prefer different stents. There is no stent which has markedly better results than the others. ...Read more