Venous Stenting Procedure | MedStar Health

Minimally invasive treatment to open narrow veins

Multiple venous conditions such as deep vein thrombosis and chronic venous insufficiency and May-Thurner syndrome can cause veins in the legs, chest or abdomen to narrow or become blocked. Your doctor may recommend placement of a wire mesh tube called a stent to open the vein and allow blood to flow more easily.

The doctors in our Vein Program are experts at treating venous disorders using advanced minimally invasive methods. They will work with you to develop a treatment plan for your unique condition to help relieve symptoms and minimize the risk of complications.

What to expect during venous stenting

You may be asked to not eat or drink the day of your procedure. You will have an IV inserted in your hand to provide a sedative to relax you during the stent placement. The doctor will numb the incision site with a local anesthetic and insert a thin, flexible tube called a catheter with a balloon attached to the end of it.

Using X-ray guidance, your surgeon will direct the catheter to the narrowed vein. The doctor will then inflate the balloon to press the stent into place and hold open the narrowed vein. The catheter will then be removed, and you will be taken to a recovery area. You may be monitored for several hours following the procedure but will likely be able to return home the same day.



Claudication is muscle pain caused by clogged arteries that reduce blood flow to the muscles.

Venous Occlusion

A condition in which a vein becomes narrowed, blocked or compressed by nearby structures such as muscles, arteries, or other veins.


Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan

The cardiac computed tomography scan, or cardiac CT, uses X-rays to create three-dimensional images of your heart and blood vessels.


A fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses a continuous X-ray beam passed through the body to create real-time, moving images of your internal structures.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging, better known as cardiac MRI, is a combination of radio waves, magnets and computer technology to create images of your heart and blood vessels.

Our locations

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MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

201 E. University Pkwy.
Baltimore, MD 21218

MedStar St Mary's Hospital

25500 Point Lookout Rd.
Leonardtown, MD 20650

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

3800 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, DC, 20007

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

18101 Prince Philip Dr.
Olney, MD 20832

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

7503 Surratts Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

110 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20010


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