I have phantom pain all the time cause by the fact that metal and muscle tissue don;t jive together. I am also concerned that stints don't last forever (5 to 10 years) , then what? The fact is that I am pissed that simple changing my diet and exercise habits would have cleared my blockage but doctors never tell you that, no money in free advice. I was hoping someone had heard of the new procedure, in Japan I believe, whereby stints are removed in the same manner in which they are implanted, through the artery.
There are cases when a stent has migrated, and there is a need to remove. Obviously, that would'nt be a stent that has an overgrowth of tissue....then restenting may be possible as stated.
QUOTE: Abstract: The case of a patient who developed pulmonary infarction after a vascular stent migrated to her pulmonary artery is presented. Stent migration is a known complication of vascular stents. The incidence is reported to be as low as 3%. Cases have been reported of successful retrieval of the stents. There are also reports of the stents being left in place without attempts to retrieve them, due to lack of symptoms. In this case, we opted to monitor the patient, despite the presence of pulmonary infarction. She appears to be tolerating the stent without any further complications.
Why do you want the stent removed?
That's kind of what I thought.
No, if it was blocked and a new stent couldn't be inserted inside the old one, I think they would simply perform a bypass. Removing a stent, even if it had been in there for just a week would create huge damage to the artery. New tissue starts to attach to it very quickly.
Would any cardiologist even agree to do that? I don't think I've ever heard of it being done.
Why would you want that? To remove the stent would require open heart surgery.