How are carotid artery stents put in?

Dr. Bruce H. Gray, DO
Vascular Surgeon

Carotid artery stents have been available over 10 years and are placed using the technique in which a needle is used to gain access to the artery, a wire is passed through the circulation over which a balloon catheter or stent can be delivered to a treatment site. After the treatment only a small skin nick is seen. No incision is necessary. 

In about 50 percent of the cases of carotid artery blockages, a carotid artery stent can be placed into the groin by an interventional cardiologist in a cardiac catheterization lab. In more severe cases this procedure would be done in an operating room by a cardiac or vascular surgeon in order to access the carotid artery directly.

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