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Hines Vascular Surgery team performs TCAR procedure earlier this fall.
The Hines vascular surgery team has performed more than a dozen Trans-Carotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) surgeries in the past six months since it started performing the procedure early this summer.
Hines VA Hospital is the only Chicago-area hospital currently performing this procedure, though more medical centers are expected to begin offering this service soon.
We absolutely are on the cutting edge here at the VA, in particular Hines VA. This is a procedure that’s not done everywhere yet. I anticipate it will be. The reason we bring it here is because it’s safer for patients and better for patients,” said Paul Crisostomo, M.D., Hines Vascular Surgeon.
The TCAR procedure is a clinically proven procedure to treat blockages in the carotid artery at risk of causing stroke. The surgeon makes a small incision just above the collar bone to expose the carotid artery and inserts a soft, flexible sheath directly into the carotid artery. What they do next is incredible.
“We reverse the flow of blood. Instead of going to the brain, temporarily the blood flow will go in the opposite direction of the artery through a filter system where we capture any particle that may cause stroke,” said Dr. Crisostomo.
Once the blood is filtered, it’s returned through a second sheath placed in the femoral vein in the patient’s thigh. After the stent is placed successfully to stabilize the plaque in the carotid artery, flow reversal is turned off and blood flow to the brain resumes in its normal direction.
This procedure is minimally invasive, reduces the risk of stroke, and most patients go home the next day.
Be sure to check out this video of a recent surgery that shows process in more detail.
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