How long do you have to stay in the hospital after a stent is put in?
What should you expect? The procedure may take place right after the arteriogram, which is used to find the blockage, or it may occur the next day. You may need to stay in the hospital two or three days.
Where are stents placed after heart attack?
Your doctor will insert a flexible tube (catheter) into an artery. Sometimes the catheter will be placed in your arm or wrist, or in your upper leg (groin) area. You will be awake during the procedure. The doctor will use live x-ray pictures to carefully guide the catheter up into your heart and arteries.
How long does stent surgery take?
The procedure varies, but in most cases it takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.
Are you awake during a stent procedure?
General anesthesia isn’t needed. You’ll receive a sedative to help you relax, but you may be awake during the procedure depending on how deeply you are sedated. You’ll receive fluids, medications to relax you and blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants) through an IV catheter in your hand or arm.
Can you go home the same day after a stent?
Recovery. Usually, patients stay overnight and return home the day after the procedure. Some may even go home the same day. The amount of time that you stay in the hospital will depend on if there were any difficulties during the procedure and how well the catheter insertion site is healing.
How long does it take to recover from a heart attack and stent?
Most patients stay in the hospital for about a week or less. Upon returning home, you will need rest and relaxation. A return to all of your normal activities, including work, may take a few weeks to 2 or 3 months, depending on your condition. A full recovery is defined as a return to normal activities.
Can I drive after a heart attack and stent?
If you had a heart attack and a stent (angioplasty) at the same time, you should not drive for at least two weeks.