How is a carotid artery stent done?

Procedure. Performed from a small puncture into the artery in your groin area. A catheter is inserted and is used to evaluate the stenosis. A protection device is then inserted through the blockage and deployed. A suitable stent is inserted and deployed. A balloon opens stent to final diameter. Completion images are taken. Protection device retrieved. Catheters removed. See sirweb.Org.
Minimally invasive. A small coil-like tubular device (stent) is inserted at the site of blockage in the carotid artery via a tiny plastic tube going into the artery from the groin or arm. Only local anesthesia is used at site of injection in groin or arm and you are given sedatives through an intravenous (IV) line to keep you relaxed and comfortable. Takes on average 30 minutes, bed rest about 4-6 hrs after that.
Carotid stent. Access via groin artery, tube (sheath) placed over wire in artery, then wire directed into desired common carotid artery followed by placement of a sheath that extends from groin to carotid. A filter is placed into the internal carotid distal to the treatment area to catch debris and prevent stroke. X-Ray guides placing stent, balloon inflation in artery. Filter& sheath then pulled out.

Related Questions

Can you tell me if there are any side affects to having a carotid artery stenting (cas) procedure done?

Stroke. Is the major side effect aside from bleeding, contrast reaction and damage to arteries. Please discuss your individual case with your physician. Read more...

When should someone have carotid artery stenting done?

Carotid stenting. read this for some information: http://www.vascularweb.org/vascularhealth/pages/carotid-stenting.aspx. Read more...
CAS. In general, stentung is done when surgery is contraindicated or if the patient has resources to pay out of pocket. Insurance pays for stentung under very specific criteria. Read more...

Should my mom have carotid artery stenting done if she doesn't really need it?

No. Depending on the reasons your mom has been recommended for a carotid stent, generally i'd say she shouldn't have one. For most experts on carotid artery disease the reasons to suggest carotid stenting are few. Unless she has had neck surgery or radiation in the past, i'd guess she doesn't really need one. Discuss further with a board-certified vascular surgeon. Read more...

Should my mom have carotid artery stenting done? Wht are the risks with this?

Complicated. A doctor that knows your mother well can advise on whether a carotid stenosis needs to be fixed based on symptoms and severity of stenosis. The choice of surgical endarterectomy versus stenting can be discussed at that time. Results are similar with both methods. She should make sure her insurance carrier will pay for a carotid stent procedure. Read more...
Carotid disease. Surgical carotid endarterectomy has very good results in experienced hands. Surgery is superior to carotid stenting. Read more...

Should my mom have carotid artery stenting done? Is this a high risk procedure?

CAS v CEA. Depends: if she can tolerate an operation cea (carotid endarterectomy) is superior to cas (carotid artery stenting). Cardiologists typically push for cas. While vascular surgeons for cea. As a vasc surgeon, cas is reserved for complicating factors such as hostile neck (radiation), tracheostomy, high bifurcation, poor cardiac or pulmonary reserve. Read more...
Talk to. Neurologist first. Will help you decide if medical or surgical treatment needed. The neurologist knows who has good outcomes. As an interventional radiologist, i perform carotid stents several times a week and have very low stroke rate. Need someone with experience. See sirweb.Com for more info. Read more...

Has mini strokes from scar tissue pressing against only carotid artery with a reenforced stent. 2 mini strokes been in bed since and vomiting 2 days.?

Suggestions. Would not delay contact with a physician, as your history suggests potential risks which need attention. With your prior stroke events, I might be concerned of a further stroke in your brainstem, but the effect of your vomiting can increase intracranial pressure transiently, which might worsen all of the above. Contact your physician ASAP. Read more...