Stent and Failed Removal

Prior to extensive surgery a stent was placed as a precaution to prevent clotting.  My surgery in 2011 went fine, but the stent could not be removed in 2012.  I'm scheduled to see the vascular surgeon who did the stent and failed removal. What risks are there to leaving the stent in place?  I get the feeling that the sent could be removed but it would be more involved than simply "hooking" the stent and removing it as was attempted in 2011. I feel fine.  I'm 38 years old and in good health.

Stents cannot be removed. Any surgeon who tells you it is just a simple operation is just wrong, certainly if time has gone by. If absolutely necessary, the segment of the involved artery can be resected and then replaced with an artificial graft. In general it is much easier to perform a bypass operation and leave the stent alone. 

Hope this helps,

Dr T


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