Stop Strokes Before They Happen

BSA Hospital has teamed up with Amarillo Surgical Group surgeons to offer the first TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) procedure in the region. Dr. Chance Irwin and Dr. David Langley with Amarillo Surgical Group are the region’s first surgeons to perform TCAR surgeries, offering patients a safer way to reduce their risk of stroke.


How does TCAR work?

During TCAR, a small incision is made to directly access the carotid artery. A small tube is then inserted into the artery and is used to temporarily reverse blood flow. Blood flow reversal causes plaque fragments that may dislodge from the artery to be diverted away from the brain, preventing risk of stroke during the procedure. During this process, a stent is placed inside the artery to stabilize plaque and minimize the risk of future stroke. TCAR takes half the time of a traditional carotid artery procedure.

This simple procedure:

  • Offers faster recovery times than traditional carotid artery procedures.
  • Reduces risk of future stroke.
  • Stabilizes plaque in the carotid artery.


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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