What is Luminal Stent Placement?
Luminal stent placement refers to the insertion of a stent into the internal gastrointestinal (GI) tract. “Luminal” refers to an open space or cavity of a tubular organ, such as the intestine or esophagus. A stent is a tubular support that sits in a passageway of the digestive system. The stent opens up a pathway or portion of the GI tract that is at higher risk of closing up, or already causes complications due to blockage and/or narrowing.
Stent placement has become an increasingly used method for the treatment of blockage caused by any growths or narrowing in the GI tract.
Is Luminal Stent Placement Safe?
As with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with stent placement into the GI tract. Some of the risks associated with luminal stent placement include reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, dislodge of the stent and nausea. You should discuss any concerns you have with your doctor.
What Happens During the Luminal Stent Placement Procedure?
During the luminal stent placement procedure, the patient will be sedated. The doctor will insert an endoscope into the esophagus to examine the obstruction. A balloon will then be inflated at the location of the insertion to open up the blocked or narrowed area, and the stent is placed in the opening.
What Should I Do to Prepare for my Luminal Stent Placement Procedure?
Some of the common steps taken before a luminal stent placement procedure are fasting on the day of the surgery, and possibly earlier than that. Additionally, you may be asked to stop taking some medications that could potentially cause a risk during your procedure. You should also arrange transportation for yourself from the location of the procedure, as you will be sedated and unable to drive yourself.
It is important to speak with your doctor about what specific steps you should take to prepare for your luminal stent placement procedure.