Stent to Treat Vein Bypass Grafts

Sat 16th January, 2010 15:55

The vein grafts used in coronary artery bypass surgey are effective in restoring blood flow to the heart muscle, but usually develop narrowings or blockages after 5 to 10 years. Repeat bypass surgery carries increased risk and it is often possible to treat the vein graft narrowing by angioplasty and stent procedures.

Implantation of a stent in a vein graft may lead to the release of material from the vessel walls that blocks the small vessels downstream. The Over and Under Covered stent is a stent covered with a layer of pericardium designed to treat the narrowing whilst trapping friable material against the vessel wall.

Dr Qasim has considerable experience in the use of this new stent which has received CE mark approval for use in Europe and the UK. He is also the chief invesigator for the Sleeve III registry for long term follow up of this stent.

If you would like to discuss the use of this stent please contact