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What is a stent?

A stent is a small, lattice-shaped, metal tube that is inserted permanently into an artery. The stent helps hold open an artery so that blood can flow through it.

 

How does it work?

A stent is placed in an artery as part of a heart surgery called angioplasty. Angioplasty is a cardiac procedure that is used to restore blood flow through narrowed or blocked arteries. Stents help prevent arteries from becoming narrowed or blocked again in the months or years after treatment with angioplasty. Your interventional team may also place a stent in a weakened artery to improve blood flow and to help prevent the artery from bursting (aneurysm repair).

The stent acts as a scaffold, remaining in place permanently to help keep the artery open.

A stent is inserted through a main artery in the groin (femoral artery) or arm (brachial artery) and threaded up to the narrowed section of the artery with a tiny catheter (balloon catheter.)

When it reaches the right location, the balloon is slightly inflated to push the plaque out of the way and expand the artery (balloon angioplasty). Some stents are stretched open (expanded) by the balloon at the same time as the artery. Other stents are inserted into the artery immediately after the angioplasty procedure.

Once in place, the stent helps holds the artery open so that the heart muscle gets enough blood.

 

What are the type of stents used?

Stents are usually made of metal mesh and are known as bare-metal stent, but sometimes they`re made of fabric. Fabric stents, also called stent grafts, are used in larger arteries. Some stents are coated with medicines that are slowly and continuously released into the artery. Such stents are called drug-eluting stents. The medicines on the drug-eluting stents help prevent the artery from becoming blocked again.

 

When are stents used?

Stents are used in a variety of cases as listed below:

  • Stents for arteries in the heart
  • Stents for the carotid arteries in the neck
  • Stents for other arteries like those in the kidney, arm or leg
  • Stents for the aorta in the abdomen or chest
  • Stents to close off aortic tears

 

Multiple stenting

Multiple stenting means placing more than one stent in a coronary artery. Multiple stenting may be used in order to achieve optimal vessel reconstruction.

 

Cost of stents

The cost of bare-metal stents and the cost of drug-eluting stents depend on the brand. Request a FREE cost estimate for placing FDA-approved stents through angioplasty procedure in USA, India or another country.

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