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Peripheral Vascular Stent Placement

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about a peripheral vascular stent placement?

A peripheral vascular stent placement is a procedure to widen a narrowed artery in your leg or arm. A stent is a wire mesh tube that helps hold your artery open. Some stents have medicine that helps prevent blockages in your artery.

How do I prepare for a peripheral vascular stent placement?

What will happen during a peripheral vascular stent placement?

What should I expect after a peripheral vascular stent placement?

What are the risks of a peripheral vascular stent placement?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. You may have bruising or pain where the catheter was. You may need surgery to repair damage from the catheter to your blood vessels or to stop heavy bleeding. You may get a blood clot in your arm or leg. The blood clot may break off and travel to your lungs, heart, or brain. This may cause a heart attack or stroke. The contrast liquid may cause kidney damage or an allergic reaction.

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