TCAR Procedure for Carotid Artery Disease

St. Joseph Health was the first in the Brazos Valley to perform TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR), a minimally invasive procedure used to treat patients with carotid artery disease who may not be eligible for open surgery, known as carotid endarterectomy (CEA). 

Carotid artery disease involves a buildup of plaque in the neck’s main arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain. This condition increases the risk of stroke, contributing to about a third of all stroke cases in the U.S. 

How TCAR Benefits Patients

A major benefit of TCAR is a lower risk of stroke complications during the operation itself compared to CEA. This is due to a unique system that temporarily diverts blood flow to prevent clots and debris from travelling toward the brain. 

Benefits of TCAR include:

  • Shorter operation time

  • Faster recovery

  • Smaller incisions

  • Minimal scarring

  • Reduced hospital stays

  • Less stress on the heart

  • Lower risk of stroke 

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