Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting is a procedure that opens clogged arteries to prevent or treat a stroke. The carotid arteries are located on each side of your neck and are the main arteries supplying blood to your brain. The procedure involves temporarily inserting and inflating a tiny balloon where your carotid artery is clogged to widen the artery.
Why the Procedure is Performed?
CAS has developed as a good alternative to surgery, when done by experienced operators. Certain factors may favor stenting, such as:
- The person is too ill to have carotid endarterectomy.
- The location of the narrowing in the carotid artery makes surgery harder.
- The person has had neck or carotid surgery in the past.
- The person has had radiation to the neck.
Preoperative Surgery – What To Expect?
A physical exam and several medical tests will be performed during the 2 weeks before your procedure:
- Days before the surgery, you may have to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot.If you smoke, you need to stop. Ask your doctor for help quitting.
- Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you may have before your surgery.
Postoperative Surgery – What To Expect?
Carotid artery angioplasty and stenting may help lower your chance of having a stroke. But you will need to make lifestyle changes to help prevent plaque buildup, blood clots, and other problems in your carotid arteries over time. You may need to change your diet and start an exercise program if your provider tells you exercise is safe for you.