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Carotid Angioplasty Procedures


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Our team strictly adheres to personalized treatment plans because we believe that every individual has unique medical requirements. Throughout your journey from treatment to recovery, we ensure your medical needs are being catered to with a robust approach.

Carotid Angioplasty

What is Carotid Angioplasty ?

Carotid Angioplasty

Carotid Angioplasty is a Minimally Invasive technique that is performed on patients with carotid artery disease, which is marked by blocked or narrowed carotid arteries. The condition can deprive the brain cells of important nutrients and oxygen, increasing the risk of developing a stroke and related complications.

Carotid Angioplasty uses a catheterization technique to open clogged carotid arteries and restore normal flow of blood to alleviate the risks of stroke. Often, doctors place a stent within the affected valve to prevent any blockage in the future.

Why does one need Carotid Angioplasty?

Carotid Angioplasty is performed for treating any blockage in the carotid artery which may be due to an obstruction or narrowing. These are the major blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood to the brain and associated structures. The procedure is typically performed on patients with a blockage of more than 70 per cent, especially those who are at risk of having a stroke.

Time Taken For Procedure

Carotid Angioplasty is broadly classified and based on the technique that is used:

Procedure Time

It can take anywhere between 2 to 3 hours

Hospital Stay

Most patients need to stay overnight and are discharged within 24 hours. Some may be required to stay longer depending on overall prognosis

Recovery Period

It generally takes a week to resume work, however, complete recovery may take a little longer

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You may be recommended to go for angioplasty if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms linked to coronary artery disease, which are not responding to medication and lifestyle modifications:

Advantages of Carotid Angioplasty

Various Advantages of Carotid Angioplasty are:

About Carotid Angioplasty Procedure


  • You have to start with scheduling your appointment, during which your overall health will be assessed. Doctors will go through your medical history and recommend further investigations to confirm the diagnosis.
  • You will need to undergo certain imaging tests, such as Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Carotid Angiography, to confirm the diagnosis and curate the best treatment plan.
  • You will be briefed about the procedure and its pros and cons. This is done to make sure that you are prepared for the procedure both physically and mentally.
  • It is important to inform your doctor about all the current medications as you may be required to stop taking these temporarily or make recommended adjustments in the dosage.
  • You will be required to fast for a couple of hours prior to the procedure. This is important for alleviating the risks of vomiting and nausea. You can take small sips of water if needed, only after consulting your doctor.

What does the Procedure involve?

  • The procedure can take anywhere between an hour or two. It involves the use of anaesthesia, to make sure that you do not feel any pain or discomfort. Your vitals will be taken and recorded.
  • An intravenous line will be started to administer fluid and medication. Doctors will place tiny electrode pads on your chest to simultaneously assess your heart rate.
  • You will be asked to lie down on the surgical table and the incisional site will be prepared. This is followed by making a tiny incision to introduce the sheath, to pave for introducing the catheter
  • Using a thin guide wire, the catheter is slowly moved forward and guided towards the blocked section of the carotid artery. This is done using x-ray imaging guidance.
  • In order to get a better view, doctors may use a contrast dye material, which is injected into the body, with the help of the catheter.
  • This is followed by the administration of an embolic protection device or a tiny filter that helps to remove the unwanted substances that are scrapped off from the surface of the carotid arteries.
  • The catheter has an inflatable balloon fitted on one of its ends. In case the blockage is stubborn, doctors may inflate the balloon to open the blocked artery and allow blood to flow more effectively.
  • In some cases, doctors may even place a small metallic stent in the artery to offer enough support to alleviate the risks of restenosis.

What follows the Procedure?

  • Soon after the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room where you will be keenly observed. Once you gain consciousness, you will be shifted to your room
  • Even after the procedure, you will need to lie still for a couple of hours. Doctors may recommend an ultrasound of the carotid artery
  • Most patients are discharged within 1 to 2 days. However, some people may take a little longer, depending on the severity of their condition
  • You will be required to take the medication recommended by your doctor and follow all the instructions
  • Regular follow-ups and visits are very crucial to ensure swift and hassle-free recovery

Frequently Asked Questions

Q -Is Carotid Angioplasty an effective procedure?

Yes, Carotid Angioplasty is a highly effective procedure that works in the majority of cases. 

Q - What to expect during recovery after Carotid Angioplasty?

After Carotid Angioplasty, complete recovery may take a couple of weeks. You may experience mild pain and discomfort which can be managed with prescribed medication.

Q - Can Carotid Angioplasty be done on both carotid arteries at the same time?

Yes, Carotid Angioplasty may be done for both the carotid arteries at the same time.

Q - Who is the candidate for Carotid Angioplasty?

Carotid Angioplasty is a procedure that helps people with blocked or narrowed carotid arteries, who are no longer responding to conservative treatments. 

Q - How much time does Carotid Angioplasty take?

Carotid Angioplasty procedure hardly takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

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