TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR)
TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) is a hybrid procedure that was developed to treat patients with carotid artery disease who are at risk for traditional carotid endarterectomy. The entire TCAR procedure is performed through a small incision in the neck. A tube is inserted into the carotid artery is connected to a system that temporarily directs blood flow away from the brain to protect against dangerous debris from reaching the brain and causing a stroke during the procedure. Surgeons filter the blood before returning it to a vein in the groin, and a stent is implanted to the carotid artery to stabilize plaque and help prevent future strokes.
Patients who undergo the TCAR procedure recover quickly and almost always go home the next day to return to full and productive lives with less pain and a reduced risk of future strokes.