Moderator: John E. Rectenwald, MD, MS, FACS,  Madison, WI
Co-Moderator: Cassius I. Ochoa Chaar, MD, FACS,  Guilford, CT 

This Panel Session will review the indications for vena cava filter placement in patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and failure of anticoagulation, contraindication to anticoagulation, and prophylaxis in high-risk patients. The course will also review the current status of indications for inferior vena cava (IVC) filter removal. There will be a discussion of the current medico legal climate surrounding the use of IVC filters and their complications.

Presentations and Speakers

Current Indications for IVC Filters
Michael R. Go, MD, FACS, Columbus, OH

Best Technique for IVC Filter Placement: What to Look For and What to Avoid
John E. Rectenwald, MD, MS, FACS, Madison, WI

Is There a Role for Prophylactic IVC Filters?
Efthymios Avgerinos, MD, PhD, Pittsburgh, PA

Long-Term Complication of IVC Filters
David L. Gillespie, MD, RVT, FACS, Dartmouth, MA

IVC Filter Removal: Is There a Best Technique? 
Cassius I. Ochoa Chaar, MD, MS, FACS, Guilford, CT

Litigation Related to IVC Filters
Anil P. Hingorani, MD, FACS, Brooklyn, NY