If you have a removable / retrievable / optional inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, the following questions are important for you to consider:

  • At the time your IVC filter was placed, were you told it could be removed at some time in the future but no one ever contacted you to discuss or arrange its removal?

  • Were you later told that you shouldn't bother or that it was too risky to remove your filter?

  • Were you told that your filter has been in place too long and that it could no longer be removed?

  • Were you told that your filter should not be removed because it is broken, tilted, perforated through the IVC or in an occluded IVC?

  • Did someone try to remove your filter and fail?

Don't take “No” for an answer! Almost all retrievable IVC filters can be removed!

IVC filters are excellent at preventing pulmonary embolism over the short term, but over time they may pose significant risks to the patient without clear benefit. Unless there is a very good reason to keep your retreivable IVC filter in place, it should be removed. Read the recently released Food and Drug Administration communication regarding the removal of retrievable IVC filters

I am physician with over 15 years of experience with all forms of permanent and retrievable IVC filters. I have experience removing over 1000 IVC filters that includes successfully removing IVC filters where others have failed. I have particular expertise in removing Bard IVC filters even when broken, tilted, embedded or in an occluded IVC. I have not failed to remove a Bard Recovery, G2, G2 Express, Eclipse or Meridian IVC filter in my last 500+ attempts.

Don't take the unnecessary risks of leaving an IVC filter in place that can cause you harm. If you are concerned about your filter or just have questions about your filter in general, please don't hesitate to contact me. I would be more than happy to answer your general questions about your IVC filter and facilitate removal of your IVC filter if that is the appropriate thing to do.


Frank C. Lynch, MD FSIR