TCAR serves as a less invasive alternative to Carotid Endarterectomy, which is the traditional open surgery procedure used to reduce the risk of stroke for Carotid Artery Disease patients. TCAR also provides an opportunity for Carotid Artery Disease patients previously seen as high risk to have a safer surgical care option.
Instead of making a large incision along the artery, TCAR only requires a small incision just above the collarbone. This incision provides direct access to the artery, allowing surgeons to place a specialized sheath into the diseased area. The sheath is connected to a system that reverses blood flow in the artery. This protects the brain from fragments of plaque that may loosen during the procedure. The blood is then filtered and returned through a second sheath to an artery above the thigh.
Once blood flow is reversed, surgeons deploy a stent in the artery to stabilize any plaque buildup and minimize the potential for a future stroke. After the stent is successfully placed, the blood flow reversal is turned off and blood flow to the brain resumes as normal. Patients are typically out of the hospital by the next day.
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