For patients with blocked carotid arteries, carotid artery surgery may be recommended to remove the plaque blocking the blood flow.
Carotid artery surgery is performed on the carotid arteries located in the neck. These are the main vessels delivering oxygenated blood to the brain. When plaque, a mixture of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste, calcium and fibrin, builds up in the arteries, it can cause a lack of blood to the brain. Brain cells need oxygen to function, and only a short period of time without oxygen can cause the cells to die.
If blood flow stops significantly enough or a piece of plaque breaks off and stops the flow of blood, the patient may experience a stroke. This condition is called carotid artery disease
. For patients with severe blockages, carotid artery surgery is recommended to remove the plaque.
There are two types of carotid artery surgery: carotid endarterectomy (CEA) and carotid angioplasty with stenting. During the endarterectomy procedure, the doctor makes an incision in the neck and the carotid artery is opened and the plaque is removed.
Minimally invasive carotid angioplasty with stenting procedure uses a specialized tool that is passed from a blood vessel in the groin into the carotid artery. The tool then removes the plaque without creating an incision in the neck. A mesh stent is placed in the artery to keep it open.
Florida Hospital offers these advanced carotid artery surgery procedures to qualified patients. Our experts provide comprehensive care to improve your wellness and prevent serious emergency medical conditions. Schedule an appointment
to determine if our minimally invasive treatment is right for your disorder.