Iliac Vein Stenting

A minimally invasive procedure to place a small metal mesh tube (stent) in the affected vein to open it up and restore normal blood flow.

Iliac vein stenting is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat iliac vein compression syndrome, also known as May-Thurner syndrome. This condition occurs when the left iliac vein becomes compressed by the overlying right iliac artery, leading to restricted blood flow and potentially causing symptoms such as leg pain, swelling, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Iliac vein stenting involves the placement of a small metal mesh tube (stent) in the affected vein to open it up and restore normal blood flow.

Procedure Details

During an iliac vein stenting procedure:

  1. Preparation: You will receive local anesthesia to numb the area where the stent will be placed.
  2. Insertion of Catheter: A thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into a vein in your groin or neck and guided to the site of the blockage using fluoroscopy (X-ray guidance).
  3. Balloon Angioplasty: A small balloon attached to the catheter is inflated at the site of the blockage to widen the narrowed vein.
  4. Stent Placement: Once the vein is widened, a stent is inserted and expanded to keep the vein open.
  5. Post-procedure Monitoring: After the stent is placed, you will be monitored for a short time to ensure there are no complications.

The entire procedure typically takes about 1 to 2 hours to complete, and most patients can go home the same day.

Benefits of Iliac Vein Stenting

Some of the key benefits of iliac vein stenting include:

  • Improved Blood Flow: Stenting opens up the blocked vein, allowing blood to flow freely and reducing symptoms such as pain and swelling.
  • Minimally Invasive: Compared to traditional surgery, iliac vein stenting is minimally invasive and associated with fewer complications and a quicker recovery time.
  • Long-lasting Results: Stents are designed to remain in place indefinitely, providing durable relief from symptoms.

What to Expect After the Procedure

After iliac vein stenting, you may experience some mild discomfort or bruising at the catheter insertion site. Your healthcare provider may recommend wearing compression stockings and avoiding strenuous activities for a few days. It's essential to follow your provider's instructions for post-procedure care and attend any follow-up appointments as scheduled.


Iliac vein stenting is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals with iliac vein compression syndrome. By opening up the blocked vein and restoring normal blood flow, stenting can relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. If you're experiencing symptoms of iliac vein compression syndrome, talk to your healthcare provider to see if iliac vein stenting may be right for you. With its minimally invasive nature and long-lasting benefits, iliac vein stenting offers hope for relief and improved vascular health.

If you're ready to explore this advanced treatment option, schedule a consultation with IVY Cardiovascular & Vein Center today by calling us at 561-210-9495 and take the first step towards healthier veins and a more confident you.

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