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Renal angioplasty and stenting is performed to open up a blockage in the renal artery, supplying the kidneys. Post questions or experiences with renal angioplasty here.

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• Brandi in Indiana -- The bleeding complication you describe, as we understand it, has nothing to do with the renal stenting itself, but rather with the catheter access site in the femoral (groin) artery. Look at our Forum Topic on "Complications from Femoral (Leg) Catheterization, Angiogram or Angioplasty" and you will see similar stories from patients about bleeding and other complications from the femoral approach, whether the target blockage was in the coronary or other artery. That being said, such complications are small in percentage (less than 3% by most studies). An alternative approach has been gaining traction in the U.S. -- the transradial approach, where the catheter is introduced through the radial artery in the wrist. The big advantage of radial is that bleeding complications are virtually eliminated. In fact, cardiologists we have spoken with (Dr. John Coppola, in particular) feel that renal angioplasty can be done more easily from the radial approach. Each patient is different, however, and some may or may not be ideal candidates for this approach.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, April 2, 2012

• I am 23 and just had my 2nd renal artery stent put in, 1st on my left and this one on my right. My surgery will be 2 weeks ago on Tuesday, in my groin where they went in at I have a golf ball sized knot that is tender when touched. I am also having troubles when walking with my right leg, I really hurts almost like my muscles are tightening to max capacity and becoming tired very quickly from walking. My arm will get tired but nothing like my leg. I did have complications after my procedure, the Versed wore off I felt everything, heart rate dropped to low 20s and was given meds thru iv, immediately following they couldn't stop the bleeding so they used and bar plastic belt type thing to keep pressure on it. Has anyone had this problem before? I have one more renal stent to go and I am quite nervous about how it will play out after this last one.
Brandi-concerned 23 year old, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA, April 1, 2012

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