Value, limitations, and techniques of renal artery stenting

Semin Vasc Surg. 2003 Dec;16(4):300-10. doi: 10.1053/j.semvascsurg.2003.08.008.


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angioplasty, Balloon / adverse effects
  • Angioplasty, Balloon / instrumentation
  • Angioplasty, Balloon / methods*
  • Aortography / methods
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Safety
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography, Interventional
  • Renal Artery Obstruction / diagnostic imaging*
  • Renal Artery Obstruction / therapy*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Stents*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vascular Patency / physiology