TCAR Procedure for Carotid Artery Disease
CHI 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
Reduced hospital stays
Less stress on the heart
Lower risk of stroke