Deep vein thrombosis is associated with the formation of clots that can sometimes break away and travel to the brain and lungs. In this way it can lead to a stroke or pulmonary embolism. These conditions combined are the cause of 300,000 annual deaths in the USA. It is therefore not surprising that managing deep vein thrombosis is a high priority for vascular doctors in Monmouth County.
One of the ways in which Monmouth County vein specialists prevent the movement of a clot is by using a vena cava filter. This device, inserted into the vena cava, has holes, which are large enough to allow blood and small particles to pass through, but small enough to block clots. The filter can be inserted at your local vein center. Vena cava filters are effective alternatives to anticoagulant therapy in high-risk patients or those being treated for clots. However, they are only indicated in patients in whom anticoagulant therapy has either failed or is contraindicated.
There are a variety of vena cava filters that have evolved from the original Greenfield filter. Manufacturers have tried to achieve better flow dynamics, maximize the clot-trapping capacity, enhance the ease of insertion and allow for future removal of the filters with newer models. Do not be overwhelmed by the variety currently available - our vein expert in Monmouth County will be able to select the most appropriate filter for you. Furthermore, he/she will decide when (if at all) the filter needs to be removed or replaced.
The insertion of the filter is a fairly simple procedure that can be conducted in an outpatient setting with the minimal use of a local anesthetic. The filter is inserted through a catheter into a large vein in either the groin or the neck. It is positioned accurately in the vena cava with the aid of imaging techniques that are used to guide the filter into place. The entire procedure is relatively safe and painless. Your vein expert in Monmouth County will be happy to consult with you to discuss the procedure’s specific risks and potential benefits.