Experience of King Abdullah Medical City in Placement of Inferior Vena Cava Filter Prior to Bariatric Surgery in Extremely High-Risk Patients for Thromboembolic Events

  • Bashar BabkourEmail author
  • Zeyad Alharbi
  • Sultan A. Almugbel
  • Abdulbasit S. Malibari
  • Muhjah Bukhari
  • Wijdan Alzamzami
  • Ali Almontashery
Brief Communication



Bariatric surgery is used to treat morbid obese patients. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is considered to be one of the leading causes of postoperative morbidity and mortality. Therefore, inferior vena cava filter (IVCF) is used to minimize the risk of VTE in high-risk patients.

Materials and Methods

Medical information was collected for the preoperative, operative and postoperative stages for all patients underwent bariatric surgery at KAMC from March 2013 to July 2017.


Five cases with IVCF were included in this study. Age ranged from 35 to 66 years old; 4 (80%) were female. Preoperative body mass index ranged from 42 to 64 kg/m2. Postoperative findings were reported.


IVCF seems to be beneficial for patients undergoing bariatric surgery.


Bariatric surgery IVC filter Venous thromboembolism Pulmonary embolism 



The authors acknowledge the valuable assistance of Osamah Barasheed, MBBS, MPH, PhD, from the research center at KAMC-HC for his cooperation in building the manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards

Ethical approval was obtained from KAMC Institutional review board (IRB) (No: 17-361) on July 31, 2017.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of MedicineUmm Alqura UniversityMeccaSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Radiology DepartmentKing Abdullah Medical City in Holy Capital (KAMC-HC)MeccaSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Surgical DepartmentKing Abdullah Medical City in Holy Capital (KAMC-HC)MeccaSaudi Arabia

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