Carotid Artery Surgery & Stenting
Fatty cholesterol deposits may create a blockage in the carotid arteries, located on both sides of the neck. This plaque build-up can reduce blood supply to the brain and cause a stroke.
Experts at the Heart & Vascular Institute at Abington Health are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating carotid artery disease. Lifestyle changes or medication may improve your condition. When those treatments aren’t sufficient, our specialists perform surgery.
Surgical Treatments for Carotid Artery Problems
Carotid artery blockages may be relieved through minimally invasive angioplasty with stenting. In this procedure, a thin, flexible catheter, or tube, with a balloon tip is guided into the accumulated plaque. The balloon tip inflates, opening the vessel and allowing blood to flow. A wire mesh stent (small tube) may be inserted to support the artery walls and keep them from narrowing.
Vascular surgeons at the Blank Vascular Center also perform carotid surgery called endarterectomy. This opens the blocked neck artery and uses special microsurgical instruments to remove the obstructing plaque.