Question: What Happens After A Stent Procedure?

What to expect after having a stent put in?

Share on Pinterest A person may have to rest for about a week after surgery.

A successful stent surgery should reduce symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath.

Many people may be able to return to work and most normal activities within a week of a successful stent surgery..

Is a stent major surgery?

Having a stent placed is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning it is not a major surgery. Stents for coronary arteries and carotid arteries are placed in similar ways. A stent graft is placed to treat an aneurysm in a procedure called aortic aneurysm repair.

How many stents can a person have?

In answer to your first question, in some cases doctors can place two or even three stents during one procedure. There are, however, cases in which the cardiologist will want to place one and then place a second or even a third stent in a later procedure.

What are the signs of stent failure?

Symptoms will usually tell you if there’s a problem. Sometimes heart problems return after a stent procedure. If that happens, you usually have symptoms—like chest pain, fatigue, or shortness of breath. If you do have symptoms, a stress test can help your doctor see what’s going on.

Does a stent shorten your life?

Summary: While the placement of stents in newly reopened coronary arteries has been shown to reduce the need for repeat angioplasty procedures, researchers from the Duke Clinical Research Institute have found that stents have no impact on mortality over the long term.

How long can a person live with stents?

Stents were first used in the early 1980s, and some people with those original stents are still doing just fine nearly 30 years later. Stents can develop blockages too. In recent years, drug-eluting stents have been used in some patients.

How is life after stent in heart?

For some patients, their doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes. This could include exercise, quitting smoking, and following a healthy diet. Patients who undergo stent placement following a heart attack may have a different recovery. Their hospital length of stay and return to activities will likely be longer.

How long does it take to recover after getting a stent?

If you had a planned (non-emergency) coronary angioplasty, you should be able to return to work after a week. However, if you’ve had an emergency angioplasty following a heart attack, it may be several weeks or months before you recover fully and are able to return to work.

Do and don’ts after stent?

Don’t lift heavy objects. Avoid strenuous exercise. Avoid sexual activity for a week. Wait at least a week before swimming or bathing.

Can you live a normal life after a stent?

It’s important to remember that you can live a full and active life with a coronary stent. You can find some general guidelines about returning to working, resuming your everyday activities and making some heart-healthy lifestyle changes below.

How serious is having a stent put in?

About 1% to 2% of people who have a stent may get a blood clot where the stent is placed. This can put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Your risk of getting a blood clot is highest during the first few months after the procedure.

Are you awake during a stent procedure?

Your doctor will insert a flexible tube (catheter) into an artery. Sometimes the catheter will be placed in your arm or wrist, or in your upper leg (groin) area. You will be awake during the procedure. The doctor will use live x-ray pictures to carefully guide the catheter up into your heart and arteries.

Which is better stent or bypass?

“For three-vessel coronary disease, bypass now has been shown to be superior to stenting, with the possible exception of some cases in which the narrowing in the artery is very short,” Cutlip says. “But by and large the debate is settled that bypass surgery is better.”