What is transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR)?

Transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) is a minimally invasive surgery used to treat carotid artery disease and prevent future strokes. The traditional treatment for blockages in the carotid artery – the main artery supplying blood to the brain – is an open surgery called carotid endarterectomy, but that can be risky for some patients because of age, anatomy or other medical conditions.

How does TCAR work?

Transcarotid artery revascularization is different from a carotid endarterectomy. Instead of making a long incision in the neck and opening the carotid artery, a surgeon performing a TCAR works through a small incision to stabilize plaque from inside the artery and restore normal blood flow to the brain.