Frequently Asked Questions About Stents
Q. What is a Stent?
A. A stent is a small, flexible tube made of medical grade
plastic or wire mesh. It is implanted in the body to treat a
variety of medical conditions.
Q. How are stents implanted in the body?
A. A very small incision in the skin, about the size of a pencil tip. The stent, which is
placed on the end of a catheter, is threaded under X-ray guidance to the area of
treatment. This technique is less traumatic than surgical implantation because it
involves smaller incisions, less pain, and shorter hospital stays.
Q. What conditions can be treated with stents?
A. Stents are used to treat a number of medical conditions. The most common use is
to hold open clogged blood vessels after angioplasty, a procedure in which a balloon
on the end of a catheter is moved through the boy to the site where the vessel is
blocked. The balloon is then inflated to open the vessel. In some cases, a stent also
may be inserted to decrease chances that the blood vessel will close up again.
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