Renal Artery Stenosis Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
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- Resource Guide
How to Treat Renal Artery Stenosis
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. If there is significant stenosis and you are healthy enough, repair of the artery is considered superior to medical treatment. Treatment options include the following:
Standard treatment for hypertension may be sufficient if blood pressure can be controlled and the kidneys are functioning adequately. There are many drugs that lower blood pressure, an you may need several to achieve adequate control. These drugs are especially effective in those with only a single renal artery that is blocked. ACE inhibitors should not be used if hypertension is caused by bilateral renal artery stenosis.
A thin tube is threaded into the renal artery from a puncture in your groin. The tube includes a balloon, laser, or other device that will open the narrowed artery.
If the artery is not suitable for angioplasty, a surgeon may decide to repair the condition through an incision in your abdomen.
This is an option if the affected kidney has been so damaged that it no longer works, but still causes high blood pressure.