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Often performed as part of an angioplasty, stenting is a minimally invasive procedure in which a small wire mesh tube (stent) is inserted to keep a cleared artery open. It differs from simple angioplasty in that only the stent is wrapped around the deflated balloon catheter before it is inserted. When the balloon is inflated, the stent expands and attaches to the artery wall to reduce the chance of the artery becoming narrow or blocked again.

Stenting Procedure 
After local or mild sedation, the wire mesh stent is implanted in the patient’s narrowed coronary artery in a process called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or angioplasty. This technique can be performed in about an hour, but may take longer if multiple stents are required.

Stenting Recovery
Patients are often prescribed one or more blood-thinning medications to prevent postsurgery in-stent thrombosis, potential blood clots that can form in the stent. The prescription usually includes aspirin, to be taken indefinitely, and another blood thinning medication for at least one month and up to 12 months.

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