At Yale Vascular Surgery, our nationally and internationally renowned surgeons are highly skilled at performing even the most advanced surgical techniques for both common and complex vascular conditions, such as carotid artery stenosis.
The carotid artery brings oxygenated blood to the head and brain. Carotid artery stenosis is a narrowing of the carotid artery due to a buildup of plaque. When this artery is obstructed in this way, it may lead to a stroke.
A carotid stent helps to open the artery and restore normal blood flow. This procedure can be performed with minimally invasive techniques by threading a catheter through the femoral artery (in the thigh) into the carotid artery. Once in the carotid artery, a balloon is inflated to open the artery, allowing a wire-mesh tube, called a stent, to be placed in the artery to keep it open.