Leachman Cardiology
Physician's Bios
D. Richard Leachman, M.D.
Roberto Lufschanowski, M.D.
Paolo Angelini, M. D.
Zvonimir Krajcer, M.D.
Alberto Lopez, M.D.
Stephanie Coulter, M.D.
Eduardo Hernandez, M.D.

CORONARY STENT IMPLANTATION printer-friendly PDF version

What is it?
Stenting is a catheter-based procedure in which a stent (a small, expandable wire mesh tube) is inserted into a diseased artery to hold it open. Currently, stenting is performed most often in conjunction with other catheter-based procedures, such as balloon angioplasty or atherectomy.

What do I do?
  • Do not smoke for 24 hours before the procedure.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the test.
  • Consult with us regarding which medicines to continue to take the evening before the test.
  • If you are diabetic, have renal insufficiency, or a potential iodine dye allergy, please notify this office at (713) 790-9401.
Let the staff know immediately if you experience any symptoms during the procedure such as:
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Back pain
  • Chest discomfort
Let the staff know immediately if you experience any symptoms after the procedure such as:
  • Redness or swelling
  • Bleeding or wetness at the cath site
  • Pain or numbness
  • A knot at the site larger than a small marble
  • Fever or chills
How long does it take?
If the stenting is performed in combination with balloon angioplasty, it will take approximately 45 minutes - 1.5 hours to complete. Please plan to spend the night in the hospital post procedure if an intervention is performed.

Post Procedure Instructions:
  • Keep the puncture site clean and dry until well healed/scabbed.
  • Do not completely submerge into water (such as pool, bath, or hot tub) until completely healed.
  • You may shower and allow soapy water to gently run over the site. Pat dry.
  • You may remove the bandage after 24 hours, if not already done at the hospital.
  • Keep puncture site covered with a band-aid for 2-3 days to prevent irritation and aid comfort.
  • Do not apply any ointments, creams, lotions, or products of any kind to the puncture site.
  • No lifting, pushing, pulling, squatting, or moving objects over 10 lbs. for a minimum of 10 days.
Instructions regarding return to work are dependent on type of work you do.

Medical Center Location
Leachman Cardiology
6624 Fannin
Suite 2780
Houston, Texas 77030


(713) 790-9401

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