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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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Its a conduit:
A stent is a straw-like device that allows blood to pass through a blocked or clogged vessel. If its in the arteries that feed the heart (coronary arteries), then you may need a medication call Plavix (clopidogrel) to cement the stent into the vessel.
It can clog up, so an annual visit to the heart doctor is necessary. ...Read more
Depends: On type and location of stent. Original symptoms usually return if stent fails. Sometimes symptoms are worse than original problem. Contact physician that placed the stent. ...Read more
The magic time frame is 6 weeks. I usually leave the stent for 6 weeks.
However endopyelotomy is an ambulatory procedure and you should be able to go home the same day. You should be able to do normal daily living activities, except for streneous one and exercise. I woudl have you take 1-2 days off from work, although some motivated patients go to work the next day (uasually these are desk rel. ...Read more
Review this: With your cardiologist. You may require a form of closely monitored exercise after something like you describe, referred to as cardiac rehab. ...Read more
Possibly: If hi risk and done as a staged procedure. ...Read more
Ureteral stents: Can be removed by the string or tether which should be visible at the urethral opening. If it is not there, the string may have migrated up into the urethra. In this case, an office cystoscopy might have to be performed to retrieve it. Numbing medication is placed in the urethra, and a flexible scope is passed into the urethra. Either the string or the stent can be grasped and removed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Back pain: If this the pain you had before the stent? .. .......If so call your doctor. If the pain persist get check out. ...Read more
I understand what a stent does, but how safe is the procedure and what happens next if the stent doesn't work?
Different: Atherectomy is not better than stenting, it usually is reserved for cases when a balloon angioplasty combined with stenting, or direct stenting can not be accomplished due to the plaque burden. In those cases atherectomy is used to debulk the plaque and the best result would be if this can then be supplemented with a stenting to prevent plaque regrowth or near-term closure of the vessel. ...Read more