The carotid arteries carry blood to your brain and head. If plaque builds up or other blockages narrow these arteries, your chance of stroke increases. The providers at Novant Health Vascular Specialists are skilled at detecting and treating carotid artery disease and other conditions affecting the carotid arteries.
Evaluation of stenosis
Stenosis refers to a narrowing, in this case of the carotid arteries. The vascular surgeons at Novant Health Vascular Specialists have a variety of tools to evaluate the flow of blood through the carotid artery, including ultrasound and X-rays of the arteries using contrast dye. Once your surgeon has visualized blockages or narrowings and determined their severity, together you can determine the best way to treat the stenosis.
A carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the plaque that has built up inside the carotid artery. Your vascular surgeon will make an incision on the side of the neck to access the artery and remove the plaque. When the artery is closed again, normal blood flow resumes. This might be done in conjunction with a stent placement (see below). Please click here to learn more about the carotid endarterectomy procedure.
Carotid stent placement
If the carotid artery is found to be narrowing, placement of a stent can keep the artery open. A stent is a device inserted into the artery through a small incision in the groin. Once in the artery, the stent is expanded to keep the artery open. To learn more about carotid stent placement, please click here.
After a carotid procedure with a surgeon at Novant Health Vascular Specialists, our providers will continue to offer complete post-operative surveillance. This includes monitoring healing and ensuring that the procedure had the desired effect.