Our carotid intervention procedures include an endarterectomy, carotid angioplasty and stenting. Each procedure is designed to help clear the artery to allow for the proper flow of blood and oxygen to and from the brain.
An endarterectomy is a surgical procedure that places a piece of tubing within the artery while the patient is under anesthesia. A shunt is inserted as an “alternative route” for blood to travel to the brain while the cardiologists work on removing the plaque buildup from within the artery. The tubing is then removed and the surgery is complete.
A carotid angioplasty and stenting are similar to an endarterectomy. Doctors will make a small incision in the groin area of the femoral artery. A catheter is placed into the carotid artery, along with a stent. A balloon is inserted into the catheter and placed on the blockage site, where it is inflated. The balloon is meant to push the plaque against the walls of the artery to allow blood to flow through properly. Following the surgery, the stent remains in place.