Vascular Management Associates
Vascular Surgeons & Interventional Cardiologists located in New Brunswick, NJ
Stenting Q & A
What is a Stent?
A stent is a medical device used to widen a narrowed or blocked artery. Very often, a stent is placed during an angioplasty, after a tiny medical balloon widens your artery.
The stent is made of extremely thin metal and resembles a tube made of wire mesh. Stents have been in use for decades, and they are a relatively common treatment option for men and women with the peripheral arterial disease.
Research shows that more than a third of patients who go through angioplasty without a stent experience re-narrowing of the treated arteries within a short time after their procedure. Some stents have a coat of medication that helps prevent narrowing.
How is a stent put into place?
The procedure for placing a stent is similar to that of angioplasty. IV sedation helps you relax, and a local anesthetic numbs the incision area.
Special dye and X-ray imaging guide the insertion of a catheter, which is the thin, flexible tube that carries the medical balloon and collapsed stent. When your cardiologist reaches the narrowed or blocked portion of the artery, the balloon slowly inflates.
The stent is on the exterior of the balloon. As the balloon inflates, plaque is compressed or displaced, and the stent expands and locks into position. Your doctor withdraws the catheter, leaving the stent in place.
After the procedure, your doctor prescribes medications to impede your natural blood clotting ability. You may also be advised to take aspirin to thin your blood. Additional prescription medications can address your specific health concerns, and you should take them as prescribed.
Are there risks associated with stents?
The success of your procedure depends in large part on your commitment to improving your lifestyle and following the instructions given by your physician. For many people, a stent is a lifesaving procedure that improves the symptoms of PAD and lowers their risk of stroke, heart attack, or amputation.
Conditions We Treat
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral Arterial Disease, is a serious, yet treatable disease, characterized by a narrowing or blockage of the arteries that carry oxygenated blood to extremities such as the legs. We can perform a minimally invasive...
End Stage Renal Disease
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Blood clots can form in the veins and obstruct flow back to the heart resulting in swelling and pain in the extremities (limbs). A blood clot can possibly break off and travel to the lungs...
Dr. Peter Farrugia
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- 317 George Street, Suite 412, 4th Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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