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I have a blockage of 60 to 70% on the left side of my neck. Can a stent be used on this blockage?
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
If you have < 80% blockage and have not had any mini-stokes or full blown stokes (a symptomatic), then medical management is the best way to go.
This means Aspirin or Plavix (clopidogrel) with statin therapy (cholesterol lowering). If you have had symptoms, then you are better treated with an operation. Currently the use of stents is being debated and only approved if you have a "hostile" neck or bad heart dz.

In brief: Depends
If you have < 80% blockage and have not had any mini-stokes or full blown stokes (a symptomatic), then medical management is the best way to go.
This means Aspirin or Plavix (clopidogrel) with statin therapy (cholesterol lowering). If you have had symptoms, then you are better treated with an operation. Currently the use of stents is being debated and only approved if you have a "hostile" neck or bad heart dz.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Taras Kucher
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: May not be indicated
Assuming you talking about carotid artery, no intervention is indicated if you have no symptoms.

In brief: May not be indicated
Assuming you talking about carotid artery, no intervention is indicated if you have no symptoms.
Dr. Taras Kucher
Dr. Taras Kucher
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: Perhaps
The criteria to intervene on a carotid stenosis are well known and clearly published.
The gold standard for intervening on carotid stenosis is the carotid endarterectomy. A carotid stent is mainly a procedure for those patients that have a significant contraindication to having surgery.

In brief: Perhaps
The criteria to intervene on a carotid stenosis are well known and clearly published.
The gold standard for intervening on carotid stenosis is the carotid endarterectomy. A carotid stent is mainly a procedure for those patients that have a significant contraindication to having surgery.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
In brief: If symptomatic
Otherwise need to follow with ultrasound until it reaches 80% or greater. Please take Aspirin if ordered by your doctor. No smoking.
Take BP meds and statins if ordered also.

In brief: If symptomatic
Otherwise need to follow with ultrasound until it reaches 80% or greater. Please take Aspirin if ordered by your doctor. No smoking.
Take BP meds and statins if ordered also.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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