Percutaneous therapy for renovascular occlusive disease has become the preferred alternative to open renal artery revascularization. Angioplasty and stenting of renal artery stenoses has been shown to be a safe and effective option for severe hypertension and ischemic nephropathy. Catheter-based treatment, especially when performed with lower-profile systems can be performed with minimal morbidity and a reliably high degree of initial technical success. The long-term beneficial effects on blood pressure control and renal function, while debated, appear to be valid. In this article, data supporting the value and limitations of renal artery stenting are reviewed, and our technique for renal artery stenting using a lower-profile platform of balloons and stents is described.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine