In this large statewide registry of bariatric patients, there was no benefit of prophylactic IVC filters, but there was significant harm, including higher rates of PE, DVT, complications, and death. There does not appear to be any benefit of IVC filters for patients undergoing bariatric surgery (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.