Iliac stenting is a non-surgical procedure for opening arteries that have become clogged by fatty material due to peripheral artery disease (PAD). This treatment is similar to peripheral artery stenting. The difference is that it’s done on blood vessels in the pelvis. Peripheral artery atherectomy cannot be performed in this area.
Freeing Patients of Claudication
Claudication is pain and cramping, most commonly in the legs. It occurs because reduced blood flow is preventing the leg muscles from getting enough oxygen. Iliac stenting presses the fatty material called plaque up against the sides of the blood vessel and holds it in place with what’s called a stent. This greatly improves blood flow.
Get Your Life Back
The pain and cramping of claudication can make even simple activities like walking to the mailbox difficult or impossible. Stenting can eliminate or significantly reduce claudication. As a result, you can return to the activities you’ve always enjoyed like hiking, golfing, shopping, and dancing.
How Iliac Stenting is Performed
Iliac stenting takes approximately 30 minutes. This is followed by 2-4 hours of observation at our facility. The treatment is an outpatient procedure. In other words, no overnight stay is required. After the observation period, you can go home.
For iliac stenting, the doctor uses what’s called conscious sedation. You’re awake and breathing on your own, but relaxed and feeling no pain. The procedure starts with the doctor making a small poke into an artery. Next, they insert a thin tube called a catheter. It’s positioned in the area of the plaque buildup and then a special balloon on the end is inflated. This moves any plaque in the artery up against the walls. Finally, a metal mesh tube is placed in the blood vessel. It stays there to keep the blood vessel open.
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