IVC and IVC Filter Thrombosis

The inferior vena cava or IVC is the largest vein in the body. It collects all the blood from the legs, pelvis, and abdomen and returns it to the heart. An IVC filter is a protective device that is placed to prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart and lungs. This device has been used for decades and has saved innumerable people from a pulmonary embolus. Occasionally, the IVC can occlude at the site of a filter, which can be lead to leg swelling and pain and if left untreated, patients can get severe post-phlebitic syndrome.

The legs can get swollen, heavy, and very painful, so much so that standing and walking become difficult. Dr. Tapper has reconstructed many patients with this debilitating problem.

Dr. Tapper has developed techniques to remove IVC filters and restore flow through the inferior vena cava. Once thought impossible to achieve, Dr. Tapper has pioneered new methods to reopen totally occluded IVC's. When the IVC is reopened, patients experience immediate pain relief and can expect their leg swelling to rapidly improve. Dr. Tapper is the only surgeon in our area and one of a handful in the USA, with experience in treating IVC filter occlusion. He finds treating this challenging problem to be particularly rewarding. If you or a loved one have had an IVC filter and have leg swelling or pain he can help.