I certainly wouldn't characterize a stent as stiff or tubular (stents come in a variety of designs: coils, mesh, etc.) and each generation is more flexible and fluid-dynamic. However, there is a phenomenon known as "edge" restenosis which occurs, as you note, at the ends of the stent -- not necessarily due to trauma, however. As with all restenosis problems, this one is being studied with hopes that through better design, more information about proper placement and adjunctive therapies such as new drugs, this problem will be lessened in the near future.
Burt Cohen, PTCA.ORG, May 21, 1998
am interested in the potential for the Angioplasty procedure to tear the Aorta.
Is this common in procedures when more than one stent is placed? Are statistics
available on this happening to patients? Is this caused by the doctor or the
equipment? Thank you for any response given.
Steve Sendele, patient, Illinois, 2 Mar 2001
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