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Femoral Flip Technique for Removal of the G2 Filter 

Femoral Flip Technique for Removal of the G2 Filter
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Femoral Flip Technique for Removal of the G2 Filter
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Adam N. Plotnik

, and Stephen Kee

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199986071.003.0055
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date: 03 April 2020

The purpose of temporary retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters is to provide protection from pulmonary emboli while the patient is at risk while simultaneously avoiding the long-term complications that result from permanent filters. In addition to the complications of filter fracture and caval penetration, there is an increasing incidence of recurrent deep vein thrombosis and caval occlusion following filter placement; therefore, whenever possible, retrieval of IVC filters should be attempted. The “femoral flip” technique may be employed for difficult G2 IVC filter retrievals where standard techniques have failed, usually due to either one of the legs or the hook becoming embedded in the wall.

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