A blocked artery or vein is one reason why your heart is having trouble pumping blood. When this happens, you experience chest pain, have trouble breathing, and experience fatigue quickly. If the clogged veins or arteries are in your extremities, you might experience numbness, varicose veins, and edemas. Such a problem needs immediate medical attention as it could lead to a stroke or a heart attack. Doctors often recommend you undergo a heart bypass operation or venous stent placement.
Venous Stent Placement
A venous stent placement is a simple procedure compared to a bypass. A needle stick is inserted into a vein in the thigh. The surgeon then inserts a guide wire into the vein and threads a catheter over it leading to the area where the vein is clogged. The blockage in the vein is removed when the balloon dilates.
However, the vein will not remain dilated for a long time, and it will eventually collapse. To prevent this from happening, a stent, an expandable tube made of metal or high-grade steel, is then inserted into the vein to restore it to its original size. With a stent, an inner circular tube is created which keeps the vein open.
Benefits of Venous Stent Placement
One of the many benefits of venous stent placement is it keeps your artery open, so it improves blood flow throughout your body. As a result, you stop feeling numbness and swelling in your lower extremities.
A venous stent placement clears your artery of blockage. You need not worry about staying in the hospital and having a long downtime. It improves your blood flow and removes chronic pain in your extremities. For many people who suffer chronic pain and numbness in their legs, a venous stent placement could be the only solution.