TCAR is unique because blood flow is temporarily reversed so that small bits of plaque can break off and divert away from the brain, thus preventing a stroke. Then, a stent is placed inside the artery to stabilize the plaque. This less invasive method has very low rates of cranial nerve injury and myocardial infarction due to a minimal incision near the clavicle and the transcarotid approach.
Gill surgeon Dr. Samuel Tyagi performs the highest volume of TCAR procedures in the state.
“TCAR utilizes the benefits of both open surgery and stenting to achieve the lowest perioperative stroke and complication rates ever recorded,” Tyagi explained. “Patients recover much faster and have much less pain as a result.”
Quicker recovery time, less pain and smaller scars make TCAR an invaluable addition to the numerous other resources available at the Gill Heart & Vascular Institute.