Carotid endarterectomy is the most common approach to severe carotid artery disease. During this procedure, your provider makes an incision in your neck and surgically removes the plaque from inside your carotid artery.
If the blockage in your carotid artery is in a place that’s hard to reach, or you have health issues that can lead to complications related to general anesthesia, another option is carotid angioplasty and stenting.
In this procedure, the medical team at Tinsley Surgical gives you a local anesthetic, then passes a tiny balloon on the end of a tube called a catheter into the vein through a small incision. When the balloon is in the right place, your provider inflates it to open up the artery. Then they insert a stent, which is a small coil of wire mesh, into the artery, where it stays to hold the artery open.
If you’re concerned about the risk of carotid artery disease and want to arrange a screening, call Tinsley Surgical today or book an appointment online.