How many stents are too many

Someone told me that they had 22 stents.  Is this possible or should they have had another procedure?  

Patients like this do much better  with a Coronary Bypass Procedure, live longer and spend a lot less money!

I wish I could tell you it isn't true, but from personal experience I can tell you I ultimately performed a coronary bypass procedure on someone who had undergone 31 stent procedures (he needed three bypasses, and did well). One of the problems I encountered was that there was so little space left in which to perform the bypasses - a coronary artery is only so long and each stent takes up about 1/2 " or more; not much left to work on! There is no justification for  multiple stents after the first few; it should have become obvious this was the wrong approach. In both these patients.
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Hope this helps,
Dr T


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