Individuals diagnosed with carotid artery disease now have a safer and less-invasive alternative to open surgery with the TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) procedure at Bayhealth. Designed to minimize stroke risks associated with surgery, this breakthrough procedure treats high-surgical-risk patients who would otherwise need a carotid endarterectomy.
TCAR — A Safer Alternative to Open Surgery
While surgery of any kind has its risks, the TCAR procedure was specifically designed to limit the risk of stroke by preventing plaque fragments from breaking off and traveling to the brain. Backed by years of clinical research and trials, the benefits of the TCAR procedure include shorter time spent in the operating room and faster recovery time with less pain and scars.
What is Carotid Artery Disease?
Carotid artery disease occurs when plaque builds up inside the carotid arteries, which feed oxygen-rich blood to the brain. If left untreated, the plaque could slow blood flow in the arteries or even break apart, sending particles to the brain and causing a stroke. There are nearly 500,000 new diagnoses of carotid artery disease in the U.S. each year, and the disease is estimated to contribute to a third of all strokes.
What Happens During the TCAR Procedure?
During the procedure, a small incision made near the collarbone provides surgeons direct access to the carotid artery. The procedure then temporarily reverses blood flow, sending any stroke-causing plaque fragments away from the brain, instead of toward it. A tube (called a stent) is then implanted into the artery, stabilizing the plaque and preventing future strokes.
Learn more about the TCAR procedure in the video below.
What Happens After the TCAR Procedure?
A comparatively shorter and less painful alternative to open surgery, the TCAR procedure at Bayhealth boasts a short recovery time. Following the procedure, patients stay overnight in the hospital for observation and typically go home the next day. Learn about other procedures and surgeries offered at Bayhealth.