SFA Stent (Superficial Femoral Artery)

SFA Stent: The superficial femoral artery is a large artery in the thigh and the main arterial supply to the thigh and leg. It enters the thigh from behind the inguinal ligament as the continuation of the external iliac artery.

Arteries in your legs can get blocked, just like the arteries in your heart. Because of this, less blood flows to your legs commonly called peripheral artery disease (PAD). If your leg arteries are severely blocked, you may develop foot pain while resting, and in severe instances a stent may be required. Research Credit to University of Rochester Medical Center.

SFA Stent (Superficial Femoral Artery)

During the past decade, multiple technologies have been developed for the treatment of superficial femoral artery (SFA stent) atherosclerotic disease, including balloon angioplasty, bare nitinol self-expanding stents, drug-eluting nitinol stents, and drug-coated balloons. Although many endovascular treatment options exist, nitinol stents remain a mainstay of SFA therapy.

PAD is a hardening of the arteries, the same molecular process that can lead to heart attacks and stroke. Patients with severe PAD have a significant decrease in blood flow in their lower legs, leading to severe pain, tissue death and infection in the leg below the knee. About 25 percent of these patients will experience an amputation within one year of diagnosis of their condition.

Until recently, treating blockages below the limb presented a challenge due to the small size and quality of the vessels. While artery bypass surgery can be successful, surgical wounds can have complications. As more advanced and miniaturized equipment has become available, physicians have increasingly turned to angioplasty and stenting procedures to open up these tiny arteries thereby improving blood circulation. This approach significantly improves the chances of limb survival.  This is a procedure provided by Apogee Medical Associates and Dr. Chtradeep De.