Carotid arteries can become blocked by fat and cholesterol build-up because of atherosclerosis. Blockage of the internal carotid artery can reduce blood supply to the brain, causing a stroke. By removing the fat and cholesterol build-up inside the artery, adequate blood flow is restored, which can help prevent a stroke. Learn more about carotid artery disease.
Minimally Invasive Carotid Artery Surgery
Carotid artery surgery (also known as carotid artery endarterectomy), is a surgical procedure to manually remove fat and cholesterol build-up from inside the carotid artery and restore adequate blood flow to the brain. While carotid surgery continues to be considered standard treatment, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is offering a new, less invasive procedure in carotid artery stenting.