TCAR

Stop Strokes Before They Happen

BSA Health System is the only facility in the region designated as a 2019 TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) Center of Excellence by Silk Road Medical, Inc. TCAR, a minimally-invasive carotid artery repair surgery, reduces the risk of stroke in high-risk surgical patients with carotid artery disease. Dr. Chance Irwin and Dr. David Langley with BSA Amarillo Surgical Group are the region’s only surgeons performing TCAR procedures. 

 

How does TCAR work?

During the procedure, the carotid artery is accessed through a minimally-invasive incision. Blood flow to the brain is temporarily reversed, causing plaque fragments that may break off during the procedure to be diverted away from the brain. A stent is then placed inside the artery to stabilize plaque and minimize a patient’s risk of future stroke.

 

Benefits of TCAR

TCAR has the lowest reported-to-date rate of stroke at only 1.4%. This procedure takes half the time of a traditional carotid artery repair procedure and requires a shorter hospital stay. 

As compared with traditional carotid artery repair procedures, TCAR:

  • Leaves smaller scars. 
  • Offers patients faster recovery times.
  • Results in less tissue damage. 

 

Am I a candidate for TCAR?

If you have carotid artery disease and are considered to be high-risk for traditional surgery, you may qualify for TCAR. For more information, please call 806-212-6604.

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