A parent will be escorted with your child to the Interventional Radiology suite where you will meet the radiologist. The anesthesiologist will place a soft mask over your child's face with "sleepy gas." When your child falls asleep you will be escorted to the surgery waiting area until the procedure is complete.
The interventional radiologist places a small needle, then a catheter into a vein in the groin or neck using fluoroscopy, or "moving X-ray." The IVC filter is threaded through the catheter into the inferior vena cava below the kidneys.
Some IVC filters can be removed at a later date when your child's doctor feels it is safe to do so. Other IVC filters are permanent.