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How Long Can Aortic Stent Last
Variable: Stents are used to treat blockages caused by atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries). Stents don't cure the disease but treat a problem caused by the disaese. So you can still make new blockages. The older stents could fail early with new blockages inside them. The newer stents have drugs in them to reduce this from happening. But I have seen patients open stents even 20 yrs out. ...Read more
A long time: As long as there are no infections and the stent graft doesn't move, stent grafts are known to last for the life of the patient. Problems arise when the graft moves or the "seal" is lost and the aneurysm sac starts to grow again. This is why monitoring of stent grafts with ct angiograms or ultrasounds is very important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Usually the stay for a standard mitral valve surgery is about 4-6 days. But this can vary a lot. Much of this variability is probably due to how ill the patient is before surgery. Also patients who receive a mechanical valve need to be started on warfarin (blood thinner) which can take a few days to adjust the dosage. Also minimally invasive often reduces stay by about a day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Angioplasty's can be performed on any artery in the body. Certain areas are easier to access and treat than others. Certain blockages or problems are also more easily treated than others. Some of the shortest angioplasty cases may last only minutes while others may last several hours. ...Read more
Multifactorial : Average lifespan of a saphenous vein graft is 7-8 years. 50% open in 10 years. Of an artery usually internal mammary 90% at 10 years. Above depend on severity of disease, surgeon technique and skills, morbidities associated with the patient, quality of the graft, quality of follow up, rehabilitation process, changes in life style, patient responsibility with care. ...Read more
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