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What is a stent?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Small metal coil: A coronary stent is a small metal coil, slotted tube, or mesh structure that is placed in an artery to keep it open. The stent is mounted on a balloon catheter and delivered to the site of the blockage. When the balloon is inflated, the stent expands and is pressed against the inner wall of the coronary artery. The balloon is removed, and the stent remains in place, keeping the artery open.
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Metallic strut : A stent is a metallic strut usually placed in a blood vessel (artery or vein) to keep it open. It can also be placed in other areas including the esophagus, bronchus, trachea, intestine, biliary tract.

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Can i remove my own stent?

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Dr. Ira Friedlander
Cardiac Electrophysiology 42 years experience
There are many: different places that stents are used. Without defining your placement no comment can be made. Cardiac stents cannot be self removed, biliary stents can not be self removed. Some urologic stents can be self removed.

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