Bioresorbable Heart Stent
What is a Traditional Metal Stent?
A customary stent is a tiny wire mesh tube. It props open an artery and is left there permanently. When a coronary artery (an artery feeding the heart muscle) is narrowed by a buildup of fatty deposits called plaque, it can reduce blood flow. If blood flow is reduced to the heart muscle, chest pain can result. If a clot forms and completely blocks the blood flow to part of the heart muscle, a heart attack can result. Stents can help keep coronary arteries open and reduce the chance of a heart attack.
Revolutionary Bioresorbable Heart Stent
We are the first hospital in South Florida and the Treasure Coast to commercially utilize the revolutionary Abbott Absorb bioresorbable heart stent in the treatment of coronary artery disease. The recently FDA approved fully dissolving stent disappears after the treated artery is healed. With the addition of this new treatment option, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center offers hope to those suffering from a heart condition that affects more than 15 million people in the United States and is a leading cause of death worldwide.
How the Bioresorbable Stent Works
The innovative device is inserted into a patient’s clogged artery to keep it open and restore blood flow, and then gradually disappears in about three years. While traditional metal stents are permanent implants and can restrict vessel motion, the Absorb bioresorbable stent is made of a dissolving polymer, similar to dissolving sutures, allowing the artery to pulse and flex naturally. The device is designed to reduce the risk of future blockages that can occur with metal stents.
What to Expect
Typically, patients stay overnight and return home the day after the minimally invasive procedure. Since there is no metal involved, the treated artery can potentially reacquire its normal shape, allowing the vessel to grow.