Do I Need Venous Stenting?

Venous stenting is a vein treatment used to treat venous narrowing and venous stenosis (blockage) that prevent the blood from returning to the heart properly. It is a much safer and less invasive procedure than open surgery to reroute blood flow.

How Does Venous Stenting Work?

During a venous stenting procedure, Dr. Heeringa will use Intravenous Ultrasound or IVUS to locate the venous narrowing or stenosis. IVUS is the best way to detect venous stenosis and it helps guide treatment options. He will then perform an angioplasty (the same procedure used in the heart) to stretch the vein open and insert a stent to keep the vein open. The stent is a braided metal tube that provides support to keep the vein open.

How Do I Know I If I Need a Venous Stent?

While symptoms may vary, venous obstruction and stenosis may include symptoms such as swelling, especially around the ankles and lower legs, pain when you walk, varicose veins, leg cramps or spasms, or itchy legs. Sometimes, these symptoms can be confused with other conditions, such as restless leg syndrome. The best way to determine if your symptoms are caused by venous obstruction or venous stenosis is to make an appointment with Northern Michigan Vein Specialists to see Dr. Heeringa.

What To Expect During Your Venous Stenting

In most cases, the venous stent procedure can be performed as outpatient surgery. If angioplasty is required as part of the procedure it might take more time. Most of the time, the patients are able to go home within a few hours of having the procedure. You may be required to take a blood thinner for a few weeks after the procedure to prevent clotting.

Dr. Heeringa is the first physician in Northern Michigan to offer IVUS and venous stenting for both post thrombotic and non-thrombotic iliac vein lesions such as May-Thurner syndrome. We proudly serve patients from Traverse City, Cadillac, Manistee, Big Rapids, Houghton Lake, Grayling, Sault Ste. Marie MI and surrounding areas with venous stenting treatments. Call today for your consultation at (231) 946-1488 or complete a Contact Form here.

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