Vascular surgeons at P/SL are expert in the treatment of Carotid Arteries, the narrowing of arteries that supply blood to the brain often causing strokes. The treatment requires the removal of the build up of plague that block and harded the arteries, called atherosclerosis, and allow the blood to flow properly again.
Dr. Bryan Kramer of the Vascular Institute of the Rockies specializes in carotid endarterectomy, a surgical procedure that takes less than an hour. In most cases, a shunt isn't necessary further reducing the the risk of stroke.
Other advantages include: no need to put in a patch, which lowers the risk of another blockage, and there’s no need for general anesthetic. There’s also a lower risk of postoperative blood pressure instability than with general anesthesia.