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Medicated stent vs. Non medicated stent? Any thoughts on this decision?
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Dr. Kirk Charles
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on location
Stents are used to treat various amounts of blockage.
There are locations that develop restenosis more than others after treatment with balloons and stents. Medicated stents are designed to prevent this restenosis. In smaller vessels such as heart vessels there is a proven benefit. In larger, peripheral vessels no benefit has been shown compared to regular stents. So it depends.

In brief: Depends on location
Stents are used to treat various amounts of blockage.
There are locations that develop restenosis more than others after treatment with balloons and stents. Medicated stents are designed to prevent this restenosis. In smaller vessels such as heart vessels there is a proven benefit. In larger, peripheral vessels no benefit has been shown compared to regular stents. So it depends.
Dr. Kirk Charles
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Drug eluting stents (medicated) lower the risk of recurrent blockage but require 2 antiplatelet drugs for a full year. Pts with no tendency to bleeding or need for other surgery should receive one, especially if the lesion is characterized as complex.
Bare metal stents (non-medicated) are a good alternative for those who can't receive a des. Your interventionalist will decide.

In brief: Yes
Drug eluting stents (medicated) lower the risk of recurrent blockage but require 2 antiplatelet drugs for a full year. Pts with no tendency to bleeding or need for other surgery should receive one, especially if the lesion is characterized as complex.
Bare metal stents (non-medicated) are a good alternative for those who can't receive a des. Your interventionalist will decide.
Dr. Bennett Werner
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