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Vascular Surgeons at Memorial Hospital use Latest Technology to Treat Carotid Artery Disease

Posted Date: July 22, 2019

GULFPORT, Miss.— Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is proud to be the first civilian hospital on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to offer TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) to treat carotid artery disease and help prevent stroke.

Memorial Vascular Surgeons are now using this minimally invasive approach to treat carotid artery disease. A tiny incision is made at the base of the neck then a catheter is inserted into the carotid artery. The TCAR instrument temporarily reroutes the blood to flow backward, away from the brain. This innovation prevents plaque debris from reaching the brain and causing a stroke.

Carotid artery disease is a form of atherosclerosis, or a buildup of plaque, in the two main arteries in the neck that supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain. If left untreated, carotid artery disease can often lead to stroke; it is estimated to be the source of stroke in up to a third of stroke patients.

“TCAR is an important new option in the fight against stroke and is particularly suited for patients who are at higher risk of complications from carotid surgery,” said Dr. Dimitrios Virvilis, Memorial Vascular Surgeon. “Because of its low stroke risk and faster patient recovery, I believe TCAR is a great option for patients who are medically appropriate for this procedure.”

TCAR is not for all patients. However, with less postoperative pain and lower risk of cranial nerve injury, TCAR can benefit patients who may not be candidates for traditional open carotid surgery. To learn more, visit www.gulfportmemorial.com or call 228.575.1300.

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has achieved the Healthgrades 2019 Outstanding Patient Experience Award and two 5-Star Ratings in 2019 for Carotid Procedures and Total Hip Replacement.