Endovascular Stenting Specialist

Vascular Associates of San Diego

Vein Specialists & Vascular Specialists located in San Diego County, La Mesa, CA

Endovascular stenting is a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery for conditions like coronary artery disease (CAD) and carotid artery disease. If you have problems like these, Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, and serving all of San Diego County, can help. Their team has considerable experience in performing catheterization techniques like endovascular stenting to unblock and widen arteries clogged with fatty plaque. To schedule a consultation, call Vascular Associates of San Diego today or book an appointment online.

Endovascular Stenting Q & A

What is endovascular stenting?

Endovascular stenting is a minimally invasive procedure that the Vascular Associates of San Diego team uses to treat blood flow problems in your arteries.

A stent is a tube made of wire mesh. After widening, cleaning, or repairing the interior of the artery to enable blood to flow properly, your provider inserts the stent, which remains in place to support the artery walls.

Endovascular stenting doesn't require open surgery to reach the artery. Instead, your provider feeds a catheter (tiny tube) into an accessible artery and along to the problem area. They can then treat the artery and deliver the stent using just one small incision.

Why would I need endovascular stenting?

Endovascular stenting is an effective treatment for atherosclerosis, which is responsible for several serious forms of vascular disease, including coronary artery disease (CAD), carotid artery disease, and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). It can lead to potentially life-threatening emergencies like heart attacks and strokes.

Atherosclerosis results from cholesterol, calcium, and other debris from your blood, which build up to form a sticky substance called plaque. The plaque collects on the inside walls of your arteries, forming a layer that narrows and hardens the blood vessels.

A type of endovascular stenting is also used to treat aortic aneurysms.

What does endovascular stenting involve?

Your provider at Vascular Associates of San Diego first performs a balloon angioplasty procedure. This also uses catheterization, placing a tiny balloon at the site where plaque is blocking your artery. Inflating the balloon compresses the plaque and makes space for blood to flow.

In some patients, there's a possibility that the treated artery might close down, but stenting prevents this by providing a scaffold to support the artery. Over time, tissues grow around the stent, and it becomes part of the artery wall.

Some stents also contain drugs that help prevent plaque buildup. These stents gradually release the drugs and are effective for reducing your risk of needing further angioplasties. 

Endovascular stenting for aortic aneurysms is a similar procedure, but the stent has tiny hooks on the ends that grip the artery walls, forming a graft to bridge the weakened area of artery.

What is transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR)?

Vascular Associates of San Diego specializes in performing carotid artery stenting. They were the first in San Diego County to perform the innovative TCAR procedure for carotid artery disease.

TCAR enables your provider to place the stent into your carotid artery through a small incision above your collarbone. A state-of-the-art device temporarily reverses blood flow from your brain to protect it during the procedure.

Find out more about endovascular stenting by calling Vascular Associates of San Diego today, or you can book an appointment online.