“TCAR gives me the excellent neuroprotection I expect from carotid endarterectomy, but the procedure is far less invasive which has real benefit to the patient,” said Dr. Charles Smith. “They recover quickly with less pain, and the risks of both minor and major complications are significantly decreased. TCAR represents the modernization of carotid repair.”
TCAR procedures for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients at high risk for surgery are eligible for Medicare reimbursement through the Society of Vascular Surgery-sponsored TCAR Surveillance Project. This program is part of the Vascular Quality Initiative, an open registry that tracks long-term clinical outcomes to promote best practices and evidence based medicine.
About St. Joseph Health
St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospitals, two long term care facilities and multiple clinics across the Brazos Valley, including Regional Hospital in Bryan-College Station and St. Joseph Health – College Station Hospital (formerly College Station Medical Center). St. Joseph Health is home to a Level II Major Trauma Center, the highest in the region. St. Joseph Health is an academic and clinical partner of Texas A&M Health Science Center. Together, the St. Joseph and Texas A&M Health Network includes over 100 employed primary care physicians, specialists and advanced practice clinicians. As an active member of the Brazos Valley, St. Joseph Health is a leader in providing compassionate care and are committed to overall health of the community. We are part of CommonSpirit Health, the largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States, and is committed to advancing the health of all people and dedicated to serving the common good. Learn more about St. Joseph Health at CHIStJoseph.org.
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