What is arterial stent placement?
An interventional radiologist threads a small catheter through a tiny incision in the groin to the location of the abnormal vessel. The stent is pushed through the catheter and into the artery. Once in place, the stent will support the inner wall of the artery and restore blood flow through the once problematic vessel.
Why would you need an arterial stent placement?
Stents are most commonly used to open blocked or narrowed blood vessels. Patients with peripheral vascular disease are commonly treated with an arterial stent placement. Risk factors include diabetes, obesity, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle.
Our ability to use imaging guidance and cutting-edge technology minimizes patient risk. Prior to your procedure, your physician will discuss any potential risks with you.
Conditions to let us know about
Let your doctor know if you currently are pregnant or breast feeding, feeling ill, have a fever, or are taking any blood thinners.
Arterial stent placement is covered by most private insurance providers as well as Medicare. We will seek authorization from your insurance company prior to your procedure.
Preparing for your procedure
If you are on blood thinners your doctor will instruct you if you need to stop these medications prior to the procedure. If your procedure requires sedation, then you will need a responsible adult to give you a ride home.
Recovering from your procedure
You may possibly receive mild to moderate sedation during your procedure. You will stay in the recovery area until you are ready for discharge. You will be given written post procedure discharge instructions that will advise you about return to normal physical activity. If you have any questions after your procedure, please call the RIA Interventional Suite at 720-493-3406.