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Glossary of terms


A

Anesthesia

The numbing of pain due to the administration of gases or drugs before surgery.

C

Catheter

A flexible tube that is inserted into the body to deliver medicine or medical devices, or to drain fluids.

Conscious sedation

A combination of medications that block pain during a medical procedure. The patient will probably stay awake but not be able to speak.

D

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

A blood clot that has formed within a major vein, usually in the legs. When a DVT breaks loose, it can travel to the lungs, causing pulmonary embolism.

F

Femoral vein

This large vein in the thigh is one of the two most common endovascular access points for the filter implantation procedure.

G

General anesthesia

A combination of medications that put you in a completely unconscious state before a medical procedure.

I

Iliac vein

Located in the abdomen and pelvis, these veins drain blood from the lower body.

Indwelling

Attached inside the body for an extended time.

IVC dissection

A tear in the inferior vena cava.

IVC stenosis

A narrowing of the inferior vena cava that causes a partial blockage.

J

Jugular vein

A vein in the neck, this is one of two main endovascular access points most often used for the filter implantation procedure.

M

Minimally invasive procedure

A surgical method that does not require the doctors to cut open the patient in order to provide treatment. During this type of procedure, the physician inserts a small needle through the patient’s skin and into a main blood vessel. Catheters and other small devices are then introduced and guided through the patient’s blood vessels.

Migration

Moving from one place to another.

P

Perforation

A small hole.

R

Retrieval snare

A device used to remove an implanted vena cava filter. The snare features a wire loop at one end that can be pushed forward or pulled back to engage with the filter’s hook.

S

Septic embolism

A type of blood-vessel blockage that can occur when pus-forming bacteria or other infectious organisms are present in the bloodstream.