The relationship of stenting to surgical treatment (endarterectomy) of carotid narrowings resembles that between coronary artery bypass grafting and coronary artery stenting. Most comparisons of the two techniques have suggested a better outcome from stenting in patients who have other medical problems that increase the risk of surgery. Recent trials have shown that major complication rates, such as significant stroke, heart attack or death occur with similar frequency in both techniques, but have suggested that minor strokes may be more common with stenting. In both techniques the skill and experience of the operator are hugely important.
Carotid stenting is done using a device (usually some sort of filter) to prevent debris dislodged during the stenting procedure from reaching the brain, and causing a stroke. Any such debris can thus be removed at the end of the procedure.
Carotid artery stenting can be performed at Mercy Angiography in the same facility that is used for coronary procedures.
Address: 98 Mountain Rd, Epsom, Auckland.
Phone: 09 630 1961
Facsimile: 09 630 1962
Website: Mercy Angiography