Quick Answer: How Long Does A Stent Procedure Take?

How long before I can drive after a stent?

After a stent or angioplasty (PCI) using the femoral artery (groin) route – please do not drive for 7 days.

If you have had an urgent/emergency procedure for unstable angina or a heart attack, you will not be able to drive for a period of time; the duration of this will depend on the function of your heart..

How long can you live with a stent?

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.

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.

Can you walk after a stent?

Self-care. In general, people who have angioplasty can walk around within 6 hours after the procedure. Complete recovery takes a week or less. Keep the area where the catheter was inserted dry for 24 to 48 hours.

Are stents painful?

Stents can cause discomfort and pain in the bladder, kidneys, groin, urethra and the genitals. The discomfort or pain may be more noticeable after physical activity and passing urine. Taking regular painkillers, such as paracetamol, should ease the discomfort.

Will I have more energy after a stent?

Angioplasty widens or opens your narrowed or blocked arteries so that your blood can flow through your body normally. Your symptoms of heart disease, including trouble breathing and chest pain, will improve and you should have more energy.

Will I feel better after a stent?

They may be able to return to light, routine activities during the first few days after the procedure. Bruising or discoloration may occur at the catheter insertion site, as well as soreness when pressure is applied, and patients can expect to feel more tired than usual for a few days.

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.

Why are you awake during stent surgery?

You will receive a sedative medication in your IV before the procedure to help you relax. However, you will likely remain awake during the procedure. Once the local anesthetic has taken effect, a sheath, or introducer, will be inserted into the blood vessel.

Is a stent major surgery?

A cardiac stent is used to treat narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. It can also be used to improve blood flow immediately following a heart attack. Cardiac stents are expandable coils made of metal mesh. Your doctor can insert one during a coronary angioplasty, a nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedure.

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 often should a heart stent be checked?

Your doctor wants to check blockages that weren’t severe enough to treat when your stent was inserted. Your doctor can do this with a single test. You don’t usually need yearly tests. You have had multiple heart procedures in the past, such as stents after a bypass surgery.

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.”

How long do you stay in the hospital after having a stent put in?

Recovery from angioplasty and stenting is typically brief. Discharge from the hospital is usually 12 to 24 hours after the catheter is removed. Many patients are able to return to work within a few days to a week after a procedure.