Carotid Artery Disease
Internal carotid artery stenosis is a disease process that occurs frequently in the presence of coronary artery blockages and is most often attended to by a combined procedure in which Dr. Bell-Thomson will do the off-pump coronary artery bypass and simultaneous internal carotid artery endarterectomy.
Carotid endarterectomy is the surgery to remove plaque build-up causing narrowing (stenosis) in the carotid arteries. This surgery is typically done to reduce a patient’s risk for a TIA or stroke.
There are specific indications for this combined procedure that Dr. Bell-Thomson will be able to discuss with you. There are also occasions when it is not necessary to combine carotid artery surgery and coronary bypass and these procedures can be done during the same surgery.