First, an IV line is put into your arm before the procedure, through which sedation will be delivered to you, so that you feel relaxed and sleepy during the procedure. Next, the incision site (usually the groin or neck) will be numbed, and your surgeon will make a small incision to gain access to a major vein that leads to the IVC. A catheter (a long, thin tube) is then inserted into this vein, and moved up into the IVC, as your physician is guided by continuous X-Rays (fluoroscopy). The filter will be sent through the catheter to your IVC, where it will expand and attack to the walls of the IVC. The catheter will then be removed, and then the incision site is closed and bandaged.