Multiple Stents in Same Artery

Can more than one stent be put into the same artery?

Current Postings (8):

• Is three stents in one place considered unusual? Do complications (risks) correlate with the number of stents or the duration of the procedure?
MJV, Hawaii, USA, May 5, 2007

• Rita -- the use of a stent to open up a previously-placed stent that has restenosed (or gotten blocked up again) is commonly used, although in the U.S. it is considered an "off-label" use. The approved method for treating this situation, called "in-stent restenosis" was either a plain old balloon, or a special radiation catheter, called brachytherapy. Almost every study done has shown that using a drug-eluting stent inside of a blocked stent is superior to these two "approved" uses, so it's a case of an "off label" use actually being the best known treatment.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, April 19, 2007

• I recently had a stent placed inside a stent (LAD). I did not know they could do this but they did!
Rita, Japan, April 17, 2007

• I had unstable angina for several days, wife finally insisted I go to ER. They did angio and put 2 stents, one in the LAD, one in the left circumflex. Another needed in RCA, but they needed to get out so booked for 2 months later. At that time he looked at the old stents, LAD had a 80% blockage that was 20% 2 months before, located prior to first LAD. Next visit two were done in right RCA, one proximal, one distal. This year another in LAD, so that makes 3 in the LAD. I asked and he said that if I have another problem in the LAD, past those stents, could he do anything with angio or would it be bypass time? He said if the stents are large enough and on a relatively straight part of the artery he can pass through the middle of the tube and insert beyond existing stents. If in a branch, he can not make the turn through a stent.

• I had 3 procedures last year Feb - May, 3 1/2 months, 5 stents put in. Now another one this Jan for a total of 4 procedures, 6 stents, a bit less than a year. My cardiologist told me he has never done this much work on one person in one year. I am 50; brother died last year at 51. He had 1 stent in heart and 1 in carotid. Family history on Dad's side is solid coronary, only one died of other cause.
Gary, Texas, USA, March 15, 2006

• Thank you for your response. It's good to know it is a " stent" instead of a "stint". You learn something everyday and at the age of 71, I still do daily. I am feeling much better, but I am still feeling a bit sluggish at times. This placing of the stents was about 12 years after I had open heart surgery! It seems my legs are a bit weaker then before. I try to walk every night but that becomes difficult at times as my energy level seems to have dimmished quite a lot! Is there something I can do or eat to get back to that level (energy) I had before the procedure? Thanks for the information and it is a relief to me that is was a common thing to place multiple stents in one artery!
Harry, Tennessee, USA, October 13, 2005

• Harry -- it is not at all uncommon to place two or more stents (not stints) in an artery -- it depends on how many blockages there are, or if the blockage is long, needing two stents to cover them.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, Sept 24, 2005

• This is Harry.. I had a Angio-seal placed on July 14th 2005. Just found out they placed two stints in the same artery which was the main one to my heart. I was wondering if was kosher and will it last? It has now got me worried with this procedure. I had never heard of placing two stints in the same artery. Help! My email address is hhr37174@yahoo.com. Anyone know of this situation happening before? Email me!
Harry, USA, September 24, 2005

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