TCAR Is a Minimally Invasive Option for Opening Blocked Arteries
January 19, 2023
Approximately 15 million people globally suffer a stroke every year. Nearly 5 million die from having the stroke, and another 5 million suffer from loss of vision and/or speech, paralysis and confusion.*
Transcarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) is a minimally invasive and safe procedure for opening blockages in the carotid arteries. The patient has to have a significant blockage and/or have symptoms of stroke.
“Prior to approval of TCAR, the majority of the patients who needed an artery opened underwent a Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA), which requires a larger incision,” said Seyed-Mojtaba Gashti, DO, a vascular surgeon with Wellington Regional Medical Center. “But with TCAR, there is less risk of stroke and nerve damage and it only requires an overnight stay in the hospital.”
During the procedure, a small incision is made above the collarbone and a sheath delivers a stent into the blocked artery. Blood flow is temporarily reversed to protect the brain, which reduces the risk of stroke. With TCAR, there is a shortened procedure time, reduced recovery time and less scarring.
If you are suffering from carotid artery disease, talk to your doctor. The TCAR procedure may be a treatment option that’s right for you.
*World Health Organization
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if TCAR is right for you.