Peripheral artery stenting is a minimally invasive procedure that helps open clogged arteries. It’s used to treat people who have peripheral artery disease (PAD). Stenting is generally done when a procedure called a peripheral artery atherectomy has been unsuccessful in improving blood flow in the affected area.
Eliminating Pain and Cramping
The reduced blood flow caused by PAD prevents muscles, typically in the legs, from getting the oxygen they need. This causes what’s called claudication, or pain and cramping. Peripheral artery stenting moves material called plaque out of the middle of blood vessels and up against their walls. This allows blood to flow more freely.
Returning to Normal Activities
If you have had to stop doing things you enjoy like going for walks, golfing, shopping, or dancing, this procedure can help. By having the appropriate peripheral intervention, you can resume normal activities and have a higher quality of life. These procedures can also greatly reduce the risk of amputation, which may be result of untreated cases of PAD.
How Peripheral Artery Stenting is Performed
Peripheral artery stenting takes 30-60 minutes. This is followed by 2-4 hours of monitoring at our facility. The procedure is an outpatient treatment. That means that after the recovery period, you go home. No overnight stay is required.
The procedure uses what’s called conscious sedation. You’re awake and breathing on your own, but relaxed and feeling no pain. The doctor makes a small poke into an artery. Then they insert a thin tube called a catheter. It’s moved to the area of the plaque buildup and then a special balloon on the end is inflated. This presses any plaque in the artery up against the walls. When that’s done, a metal mesh tube is inserted and left in place to keep the blood vessel open.
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