Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Carotid Artery Disease Treatments
Carotid Artery Disease Treatment in Burlington, VT
The goal in treating carotid artery disease is to prevent stroke. The type of treatment that is right for you will depend on the severity of your condition, your general health and the presence or lack of symptoms.
At Fletcher Allen, our specially trained vascular surgeons offer expert care in a personalized manner, working closely with you and your family. We offer the latest surgical and minimally invasive treatments for carotid artery disease, as well as medical management and help with lifestyle modifications.
We are committed to patient education through all stages of your treatment. We want to make sure you and your family have all the information you need to make the best decisions about your care.
Carotid Artery Non-Surgical Treatments
- Lifestyle Changes - Atheroscelosis, an underlying cause of carotid artery disease, often results from unhealthy habits and lifestyles. At Fletcher Allen, we are dedicated to patient education and helping you change your habits and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
- Improving diet and exercise - Changes such as smoking cessation, exercise and weight loss can help reduce stress on your arteries and slow the process of atherosclerosis. We will help connect you with the resources you need to modify your lifestyle.
Medication may be recommended to help control carotid artery disease, and the underlying causes of the disease. At Fletcher Allen, we offer the full range of medical therapies and the latest pharmaceutical products available to treat your problem. Your physician may prescribe blood-thinning medication or medicines to control your blood pressure or lower cholesterol. Other medications may be prescribed for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes to help keep those conditions under control.
If your carotid artery disease is severe, or if you’ve already experienced a TIA or stroke, surgery may be necessary. Our highly trained vascular surgeons perform the latest surgical techniques to treat carotid artery disease. Patients can be assured of working with experienced and knowledgeable surgeons, with access to the latest, cutting-edge technology. There are two main types of procedures for carotid artery disease. These include:
- Carotid endarterectomy - This is the most common surgical procedure for carotid artery disease, with low risk for otherwise healthy patients. Your surgeon will make an incision in the neck, open the affected artery and remove the plaque. The artery is then closed with sutures. Once the plaque is removed, the artery is once again smooth and open. The procedure usually requires a one night hospital stay.
- Carotid angioplasty and stenting - This is a newly developed minimally invasive procedure for treating carotid artery disease. It may be recommended for patients experiencing symptoms who are considered at high risk for surgical endarterectomy. Your surgeon and care team will help determine whether this procedure is right for you. Stenting typically is only indicated if you are experiencing symptoms.With this procedure, a catheter with a special balloon on the end is guided into an artery in the groin. The catheter is guided to the blocked area in the neck. Once in place, the balloon is inflated and deflated several times to widen the damaged artery. Once the artery is opened, the surgeon places a stent -- a tiny wire mesh tube -- in the artery to keep it open and allow blood to flow more freely. Similar to endarterectomy, angioplasty and stenting usually require an overnight hospital stay.
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