How long will I keep my stent?

From Wikimedia, Dr Haudebourg
How long a stent remains in the human body depends on the exact circumstances of the patient, the type of stent, and the disease or disorder the stent is treating.

Stents are tubes or tube-like materials used to keep a passageway in the human body open. Most commonly, the passage is a blood vessel, but stents are also used to treat esophageal disorders, kidney blockage, bile duct disorders, and complications of gastrointestinal cancer. Many stents are used with permanency in mind, but re-operation does occur under some circumstances and some conditions only require temporary placement.

Read the specifics about how long a stent stays in the human body for esophageal, rectal, ureter, bile duct, and cardiac treatments.

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