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Award-Wining Carotid Stenosis Treatment in Silicon Valley & Monterey County

Choose Us to Treat Symptoms of Blocked Arteries in the Neck

California Vein & Vascular Centers provides relief for patients at risk for stroke with carotid stenosis treatment at one of our numerous locations in Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Salinas, and Los Altos, CA. Our award-winning team of board-certified surgeons and vein specialists has completed more procedures than any other clinic in the state. We combine our compassionate approach with the latest innovative treatment options to ensure the highest quality care for our patients. Individuals with carotid stenosis are at an increased risk of stroke and other health complications. Learn more about carotid angioplasty with stent placement treatment, then contact our team to schedule your consultation immediately.

What Are the Symptoms of Blocked Arteries in the Neck?

Woman in Pain in her neck due to block arteries

The carotid arteries are found on both sides of your neck. They are the major vessels that deliver blood to your brain. However, plaque can build up along the artery walls over time, restricting blood flow and leading to numerous health issues. Those with carotid stenosis are more likely to experience a stroke, which occurs when a piece of plaque breaks off and blocks an artery in the brain. A stroke can lead to life-altering disabilities or death. Understanding the warning signs of carotid stenosis will allow you to seek treatment sooner, significantly reducing the risk. Some of the most common symptoms of blocked arteries in the neck include the following:

  • Blurred or Complete Vision Loss
  • Confusion
  • Memory Loss
  • Numbness
  • Thinking Impairment
  • Trouble Speaking
  • Difficulty Reasoning

What Is the Carotid Angioplasty With Stent Placement Procedure?

Carotid angioplasty with stent placement is a minimally invasive treatment performed at one of our numerous locations throughout Southern California while under sedation. The treatment is designed to open your blocked arteries, allowing blood to flow freely to the brain. We’ve helped numerous patients improve their lives and reduce the risk of a stroke by following a comprehensive process, which includes the following:

  • Pre-Procedure Planning – We begin by taking an x-ray to determine the location of the blockage. We’ll also prepare the incision site by treating it with antiseptics.
  • Catheter Insertion – The doctor will make an incision in the groin or arm, insert the catheter, and navigate it to the carotid artery.
  • Balloon Inflation – Once the location of the blockage is confirmed, a small balloon is inflated to help expand the artery.
  • Stent Placement – Finally, the stent is placed, which is designed to brace the artery walls and help maintain the blood flow to the brain.

After the procedure, the catheter and balloon are removed, and the incision will be sutured. You will be required to recover in the office for several hours. Ensure that you have someone to drive you home after recovery. We recommend you avoid strenuous activities for at least 24 hours after the procedures to help prevent aggravating the incision. Bruising, tenderness, and discomfort around the incision area are typical.

Am I at Risk for Carotid Stenosis?

Age is one of the most significant risk factors associated with carotid stenosis. However, several changes in your overall lifestyle can dramatically reduce the chances of developing the disease. When you meet with our doctors, we will recommend changes to your daily life. Regardless of whether you’ve already had the procedure or not, following the recommendations below will help you live a healthier life:

  • Maintain Healthy Weight
  • Stay Active
  • Eat Healthy
  • Quit Smoking
  • Stop Drinking

How Should I Prepare for Carotid Stenosis Treatment?

During your initial consultation, our doctors will ensure you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Your candidacy will be based on numerous examinations and texts, including an ultrasound, x-ray, or carotid angiography. You may be asked to stop taking blood thinners and abstain from drinking and smoking in the weeks leading up to the surgery. Every patient’s pre-procedure preparation is unique. Our doctors will take the time to ensure you understand the steps you need to take and answer any questions you may have before your procedure.

woman suffering from heart attack

What Are the Risks for Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting?

Carotid angioplasty and stenting are minimally invasive outpatient procedures performed right in our office. Our experienced and award-winning team of vein specialists, led by our board-certified doctor, have the skills and innovative equipment to complete your procedure to reduce the chance of a stroke. As is the case with any medical procedure, there are some inherent risks. Ask our doctors if you have questions or concerns regarding any of the risks, including the following:

  • Infection
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Injury to the Artery
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Blood Clot

Serving in the following Locations

  • Los Gatos: San Jose, Campbell, Saratoga, Santa Clara Valley, Silicon Valley, the South Bay, the Bay Area, and Santa Clara County.
  • Los Altos: Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Silicon Valley, the Peninsula, and the Bay Area.
  • Morgan Hill: Gilroy, South San Jose, Silicon Valley, Watsonville, Santa Clara County.
  • Salinas: Monterey County, Hollister, Prunedale, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Watsonville, Seaside, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Carmel

Get the Treatment You Need for Carotid Stenosis Today

Roughly 41,000 people suffer from strokes yearly due to carotid stenosis in the United States. Fortunately, the doctors at California Vein & Vascular Centers can perform carotid angioplasty and stenting to reduce the risk significantly. As one of the nation’s leading vein and vascular specialists, we have completed more procedures than any other state. We have multiple locations throughout Southern California, including Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Salinas, and Los Altos, CA. Don’t ignore the warning signs. Contact our team immediately if you’re experiencing any symptoms of blocked arteries in the neck.

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