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My friend's kidneys are affected 85% due to an artery blockage. Is there an operation to fix this?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The most common way to address blockages in the arteries to the kidneys is with stents.
The procedure is straight forward and done as an outpatient. The harder question is, "does he need it fixed?" if his blood pressure is really difficult to control or his kidney function has been worsening, than he would most likely benefit from treatment. Otherwise, the need for treatment is questionable.

In brief: Yes

The most common way to address blockages in the arteries to the kidneys is with stents.
The procedure is straight forward and done as an outpatient. The harder question is, "does he need it fixed?" if his blood pressure is really difficult to control or his kidney function has been worsening, than he would most likely benefit from treatment. Otherwise, the need for treatment is questionable.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Angioplasty

This is a minimally invasive procedure performed by interventional radiologists.
Blackage is first expanded with a small balloon which is followed by stent placement which keeps the blacked area unblocked. Renal artery bypass surgery, standard of care before angioplasties were performed, now virtually never done. Subjects mostly need to remain on antihypertensive medication even after angioplasty.

In brief: Angioplasty

This is a minimally invasive procedure performed by interventional radiologists.
Blackage is first expanded with a small balloon which is followed by stent placement which keeps the blacked area unblocked. Renal artery bypass surgery, standard of care before angioplasties were performed, now virtually never done. Subjects mostly need to remain on antihypertensive medication even after angioplasty.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Renal stents

Ask your doctor if renal artery stents are an option.
Nephrologist will know.

In brief: Renal stents

Ask your doctor if renal artery stents are an option.
Nephrologist will know.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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