Research has shown that IVC filters may have long-term complications and the FDA has published multiple safety communications recommending the removal of IVC filters when no longer indicated.¹,²
Philips IVC Filter Removal Laser Sheath – CavaClear – is the first and only FDA-cleared solution for advanced IVC filter removal³ and was granted Breakthrough Device Designation (BDD). It is a state-of-the-art laser sheath designed to safely and predictably ablate scar tissue 360 degrees around an embedded IVC filter.⁴ CavaClear provides an effective, minimally invasive solution for embedded IVC filters, no matter the filter dwell time. CavaClear is backed by Philips support to train staff on device usage and mechanisms of action, as well as offer additional support to seamlessly integrate into your workflow.
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3. Office of the Commissioner. FDA Grants Marketing Authorization for Inferior Vena Cava Filter Removal Device [Press release]. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-grants-marketing-authorization-inferior-vena-cava-filter-removal-device (2021).
4. Kuo, W. et al. The Excimer Laser Sheath Technique for Embedded Inferior Vena Cava Filter Removal. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2010; 21:1896-1899
5. 2021 DRG data calculation.
6. Internal data on ease of use D052981 Human Factors Study found all 19 participating physicians scored 5/5 to "I believe the laser sheath is easy to incorporate into an IVC filter removal workflow".
7. 05 Jun 2021 Multicenter, real-world study of Excimer laser sheath assisted retrieval of embedded inferior vena cava (IVC) Filters Clinical StudyReport. Version 1.0
8. D052155 DVR for Laser Energy Effects on IVC filters Project 1349.
9. Kuo, W. et al. Laser‐Assisted Removal of Embedded Vena Cava Filters: A First‐In‐Human Escalation Trial in 500 Patients Refractory to High‐Force Retrieval. Journal of the American Heart Association 9:24, 1-9 (2020).
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11. Kuo WT, Odegaard JI, Rosenberg JK, Hofmann LV. Laser-assisted removal of embedded vena cava filters: a 5-year first-in-human study. Chest2017; 151:417–424.