Vascular Stenting - Leg Angioplasty

When do I need to undergo vascular stenting procedure?
Ballooning is used to open up narrowed blood vessels. Sometimes after ballooning, blood vessel doesn’t open up completely or gets collapsed again & again due to natural tendency of diseased arteries to recoil. In such condition we need to put stent inside artery to keep it open permanently. This procedure can prevent amputation of your leg.
What is a stent?
Stent is a small tube placed inside your blood vessels which acts as a support to damaged blood vessels & helps to keep them open for longer duration of time.

Vascular Stenting
How stents are placed in my artery?
By doing a small puncture in artery, guide wire along with catheter is introduced into artery. Blocked artery is crossed with wire & balloon is inflated in that area. The balloon is removed & stent is placed in diseased segment to keep the blood vessel open.

What is the duration of procedure? How many days I have to remain admitted in hospital?
Duration of procedure is 1 to 2 hours. You have to remain admitted in hospital for total 18 to 24 hours.
Is it a painful procedure?
No you will not feel any pain during surgery. Procedure is done under local anesthesia.
Results of the procedure?
No cut on the skin. Immediate relief of pain, speedy recovery of wounds.

When Can I walk normally after surgery?
You have to keep the limb straight for 6 hours. You can walk normally 12 hours after procedure & climb stairs too. That’s the beauty of a minimal invasive/day care procedures .
When can I restart my routine & office work?
You can attend your work within 1-2 days of stent angioplasty without any discomfort.
Can the stents get blocked?
Few precautions can prevent blockage of stents.

Precautions
  • Take regular medications
  • Stop tobacco/smoking
  • Strict control of Blood sugar, blood pressure & blood cholesterol levels.
  • Walking Exercises
  • Regular follow up with doctor
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