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The IVC Filter Clinic offers patient consults, scheduling, coordination, follow up, and education. We invite you to explore your treatment options at Stanford IR, and we look forward to managing any issues related to your IVC filter.
An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a medical device inserted for the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE). Many patients have received a retrievable IVC filter for temporary prevention of PE. When the filter is no longer needed, prompt removal is desired to avoid long-term complications. For some patients, standard retrieval methods fail to achieve filter removal. For these patients, the Stanford Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology has pioneered new endovascular methods to retrieve a variety of IVC filters, regardless of implantation length, which have become embedded within the IVC.
Using these cutting-edge techniques, we have successfully removed embedded IVC filters in many patients from around the world. Since each complex filter case presents with a unique set of challenges, we believe the treatment must be meticulously planned and personalized to fit each patient. We invite you to explore your treatment options at Stanford IR, and we look forward to managing any issues related to your IVC filter.
Susan Karnstedt's Greenfield filter punctured a major vein and her small intestine. Dr. William Kuo removed the filter, treating her pain and saving her life.
Some patient types may self-refer for consultation appointments. Please call us if you're unsure if a doctor referral is required.
If you need to reschedule your appointment, please call us at least 24 hours prior to your visit.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Once you are scheduled you will be emailed or mailed a confirmation package that includes the time and location of your appointment, maps, a medical history form, and any patient education pertinent to your visit.
Bring contact information for your referring doctor, primary care doctor, and any other doctors you would like us to stay in contact with regarding you care.
For imaging studies (CT, MRI, ultrasound, PET scan) done at another facility, please have available what imaging study was done, where, and their contact information. We will instruct you or the facility on how to send us the images (usually a CD) and the radiologist's report. It is important that we get the images in advance.
For lab tests done at another hospital, please ask them to fax us a copy of the results.
If you have been asked to watch a video, it is very important that you watch this before your appointment.
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions, visit Referring Physicians.
HOW TO REFER
Please fax us a completed new patient referral form to 650-725-0533 along with any pertinent medical records. You can also call us at 650-736-9081 for clinic and procedure consult requests. If you have access to be able to send imaging studies (actual images on CD), please forward them to:
300 Pasteur Drive, Rm H3600
Stanford, CA 94305
Our requested images and lab testing is listed below; however, we are happy to help coordinate this testing when appropriate.
SCHEDULING YOUR PATIENT
An initial consultation typically takes 60–90 minutes. If your office is scheduling multiple appointments for the same day, please allow enough time between appointments, so that we can provide the best care possible.
For all in-patient referrals:
For URGENT consults, page the IR CONSULT Fellow on call at 650-723-4000, pager #27237.
For non-urgent consults (1–2 days) fax a referral to the IR Nurse Coordinator at 650-736-7734.
Requested Images and Lab Tests
Routine before a procedure: CBC, chemistries as appropriate by disease state, PT/PTT/INR, pregnancy in women of child-bearing age
Routine before outpatient consultation: CBC, chemistries as appropriate by disease state
Oncology patients: appropriate tumor markers. For patients with primary or metastatic liver carcinomas a complete liver panel is helpful