Vena Cava Filter

A vena cava filter is a treatment for an acute blood clot in the leg (deep vein thrombosis) or lung (pulmonary embolism). One of several treatments for these conditions, it typically is reserved for patients who cannot take blood thinning medications (the most common treatment for clots). It involves the use of a special filter, which is placed directly in the vena cava (large vein in abdomen) to catch any clot that may break off from the leg vein and prevent it from traveling to the lung. Some types of filters are permanent and others can be temporary and later retrieved. Acute clots in the leg or lung normally require immediate evaluation and usually hospitalization. If you suspect you have a blood clot, seek medical care immediately either through your primary physician or local hospital emergency room.


Vein Clinic
UAB Hospital-Highlands
1201 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama

Whether you are looking for treatment for spider and varicose veins or a more complex vein problem, the UAB Vein Clinic offers comprehensive evaluation, specialized treatment, and compassionate care for the health of your veins.

As central Alabama’s premier comprehensive vein center, the UAB Vein Clinic provides state-of-the-art cosmetic, minimally invasive, and surgical treatments, performed by vascular specialists and medical experts who are specially trained in vein disease.

Located at UAB Hospital-Highlands, the clinic provides outpatient care, while more intensive treatments and vascular surgery are performed at UAB Hospital. The UAB Vein Clinic is part of the larger UAB Vein Program. As the only one of its kind in the state, the UAB Vein Program was created to care for a wide range of venous problems.

When you choose UAB Medicine to care for your vein condition, you gain immediate access to physicians and surgeons who are leaders in the most complex vascular conditions and offer the latest treatment options.






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