Methodist Mansfield performs first TCAR surgery in the area

January 19, 2022
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Methodist Mansfield Medical Center now offers a new minimally invasive surgical procedure called Transcarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) to treat high-risk patients with carotid artery disease.

Carotid artery disease is a form of atherosclerosis, or a buildup of plaque, in the two main arteries in the neck that supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain. If left untreated, carotid artery disease can often lead to stroke.

Dr. Chris Henry, vascular surgeon on the medical staff at Methodist Mansfield, and operating staff successfully completed the first TCAR procedure in Southeast Tarrant County on Jan. 13 on an 85-year-old woman from Johnson County suffering from atherosclerosis.

TCAR is clinically proven to be a safe procedure that temporarily reverses blood flow during the procedure so that any fragments of plaque that may break off are diverted away from the brain, preventing a stroke from happening. A stent is then placed inside the artery to stabilize the plaque, improve blood flow to the brain, and minimize the risk of a future stroke.

“It is exciting to offer this new innovative technique to fight against stroke to individuals with carotid artery disease in our community,” said Methodist Mansfield Medical Center President Juan Fresquez Jr. “This procedure can provide patients with a faster recovery time and a lower risk of complications due to age or medical history.”

Produced by Silk Road Medical Inc., the ENROUTE® Transcarotid Neuroprotection and Stent System are the first devices designed and FDA-approved specifically for TCAR.

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