• The VIC Vascular Team

Faster Recovery with TCAR?

Many strokes are caused by carotid artery disease, a chronic health problem that occurs from the buildup of plaque in the carotid arteries. The carotids are the main arteries leading to the brain. If plaque accumulates in them, these arteries become increasingly narrow. Up to a third of strokes can be traced back to carotid artery disease. It is vital to seek treatment for this condition quickly to prevent future health crises.

Vascular Institute offers patients minimally invasive options such as TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) to prevent future strokes with a faster recovery time and an increased chance of being discharged to home. TCAR is a clinically proven and safe approach for high surgical risk patients who need carotid artery treatment. While any repair of the carotid artery carries some risk of causing a stroke, TCAR was designed to help minimize that risk by keeping potential stroke causing fragments away from the brain.

Prior to TCAR, the main treatment option for severe carotid artery disease was an open surgical procedure called carotid endarterectomy (CEA). CEA removes plaque from inside the carotid artery to restore normal blood flow to the brain, but the large incision leaves a visible scar the length of the neck and carries risks of surgical complications, including bleeding, infection, heart attack and cranial nerve injuries that can cause issues with swallowing, speaking and sensation in the face. 

Dr. Dan Krcelic is one of the only trained vascular surgeons in Chattanooga to perform the TCAR procedure.

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