Multiple Stents in 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?
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"
so it's a case of an "off label" use actually being the best
I recently had a stent placed inside
a stent (LAD). I did not know they
could do this but they did!
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
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
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.
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 -- 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.
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
email@example.com. Anyone know of this situation happening before?
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