Only a month after Bay Medical Center was recognized as the first in Florida for excellence in stroke care, the facility is using a newly FDA approved procedure to help prove they're one of the best when it comes to preventing strokes.
The minimally invasive treatment called Carotid Artery Stenting provides an alternative to traditional surgery for those people suffering from carotid artery disease.
"This new device opens up areas to treat patients, offers patients new options," says Dr. Harold Bradfield, a neuroradiologist.
Traditional therapy requires doctors to make an incision in the patient's neck and artery to restore property blood flow. It requires general anesthesia and extended recovery time. Carotid artery stenting is much less invasive.
"Takes half an hour and patients are able to get up after two hours and can usually leave the hospital that same day," says Dr. Bradfield.
During the procedure a catheter is inserted through a tiny incision in the leg, and delivers a small balloon-like net pass the blockage. The carotid stent is then delivered to the blockage site.
"Traps debris that might occur from plaque in the artery, which is a major cause of stroke," says Dr. Bradfield.
Carotid artery stenting is best used on patients at high risk for surgery or patients who may have had failed surgeries. Dr. Bradfield says it's imperative to get checked out if you're suffering from some of the pre-symptoms of a stroke.
Some warning signs are memory loss, vision loss, dizziness or headaches.