Recanalizations of Occluded Major Veins
Angioplasty & Stenting
During an angioplasty, a small balloon is inflated inside of a narrowed blood vessel to widen it and to improve blood flow within it. After widening the vessel with angioplasty, a stent maybe inserted, depending upon individual circumstances. Stents are tiny, metal, mesh tubes that support vein walls to keep vessels wide open.
Angioplasty and stenting are usually done through a small puncture or incision in your skin, called the access site. A long, thin tube called a catheter will be inserted through this access site. Using X-ray guidance and/or intravascular ultrasound [IVUS], the catheter is then guided through your blood vessels to the blocked area. The tip of the catheter carries the angioplasty balloon or stent.
Stenting is used to treat May-Thurner Syndromeor iliac or femoral compression syndrome by treating the narrowing of those veins through the use of a stent.