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Stents are small, mesh-like tubes used to treat vascular and cardiac obstructions. Stents are generally compacted so that they can they can be inserted into blocked veins and arteries using minimally invasive techniques. Once positioned, stents are expanded to support the blood vessel using a balloon-like mechanism, though some are self-expanding. Stenting commonly accompanies angioplasty, a surgery that locates and compresses fatty tissue along artery walls to restore blood flow to the body. In this procedure, stenting ensures that the vein remains open and further blockage is not incurred in the same area.

There are many different types of stents, each designed to accomplish a different purpose. Some stents are made of metal and plastic while others incorporate fabric. Stents with covering, like fabric, are stent grafts and are designed to accommodate larger arteries.

Stenting is commonly employed to assist patients suffering from carotid stenosis, coronary artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, thoracic aortic aneurysm and peripheral artery disease. Stenting can be used to help patients with urological conditions and to aid any other vessel, duct or hollow portion of the body that needs additional support.

If you would like more information about the stenting options available at Cardiac Surgery Associates of Tampa, please contact our office online or by phone at 813.910.0027.