For patients with blocked or narrow carotid arteries caused by plaque buildup or stenosis, carotid angioplasty procedure may be recommended to restore blood flow. Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure available to qualified patients at Florida Hospital.
Patients with carotid artery disease have a buildup of plaque that blocks efficient blood flow from the heart to the brain. Carotid angioplasty may be necessary to remove the blockage to avoid serious complications, such as stroke.
During the carotid angioplasty procedure, surgeons make a small incision in the groin area. A catheter (small flexible tube instrument) is threaded from the groin area, through the arteries and into the carotid artery where the blockage is located. Then, surgeons inflate a tiny balloon at the end of the catheter to flatten the plaque or widen the opening.
In some cases, a stent, or a small mesh tube, is placed in the carotid artery to keep the artery open. Once the procedure is completed, patients typically recover faster with less pain.
While carotid angioplasty is a good option for some patients, other treatment options may be recommended depending on your condition. Contact Florida Hospital
to determine if you are a candidate for this minimally invasive procedure.