Carotid Artery Surgery - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe Sparks News, Weather, Video

Carotid Artery Surgery

Posted: Updated:

87-year-old John Eads is right back to his routine after having surgery to open a blocked artery.

"We went in early in the morning on the 28th. And about 11 o'clock on the 29th, my wife and daughter picked me up."

UCLA researchers tested a new minimally invasive procedure on John to clear plaque from his carotid artery.

The artery supplies blood to the brain and can lead to a stroke if it's blocked.

Researchers say their new technique may be safer and faster because doctors can put a stent directly into the carotid artery from the neck instead of through the leg.

"We make a very small incision just above the collar bone enough to give us access and control about an inch length of the carotid artery."

During the procedure, the blood is being temporarily re-routed away from the brain to protect it from any plaque dislodging and causing a blockage, and possibly a stroke.

The redirected blood also passes through a filter. Dr. Wesley Moore demonstrated what happens.

Teresa: "So if that filter fills up with any particulate material, you're basically saving that patient from a potential stroke."

Dr. Moore: "We believe so. Yes."

Doctors recommend the procedure for patients like John who are older and have especially clogged arteries.

"I think for an older person this type of operation is not that hard on you."

Tests show John's blocked carotid artery is now wide open.

More than 300,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed every year with blockages in the carotid arteries. So far, about 40 people have participated in the clinical trial. If the trial is successful, doctors hope to perform the procedure on low risk patients as well.

  • Kristen Remington's Health Watch ReportsMore>>

  • Urban Lotus Project

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 11:01 PM EST2017-12-13 04:01:21 GMT

    Research shows yoga can help with flexibility, strength, balance and circulation. The emphasis on breathing and mindfulness is having a significant impact on young people who have experienced trauma in their lives, too. In Health Watch, we introduce you to a young lady who is using her past - and her passion for yoga - to fuel a project that's growing beyond her expectations.

    More >>

    Research shows yoga can help with flexibility, strength, balance and circulation. The emphasis on breathing and mindfulness is having a significant impact on young people who have experienced trauma in their lives, too. In Health Watch, we introduce you to a young lady who is using her past - and her passion for yoga - to fuel a project that's growing beyond her expectations.

    More >>
  • Nevada Boosts Ads Ahead of Health Insurance Sign Up Deadline

    Nevada Boosts Ads Ahead of Health Insurance Sign Up Deadline

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 4:56 PM EST2017-12-12 21:56:59 GMT

    Nevada officials are hoping that additional advertisements, health fairs and other efforts will encourage more residents to sign up for subsidized health insurance during the last few days of this enrollment season.

    More >>

    Nevada officials are hoping that additional advertisements, health fairs and other efforts will encourage more residents to sign up for subsidized health insurance during the last few days of this enrollment season.

    More >>
  • U.S. Flu Season Off to Early Start; Widespread in Seven States

    U.S. Flu Season Off to Early Start; Widespread in Seven States

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 12:36 PM EST2017-12-12 17:36:35 GMT
    Courtesy: MGNCourtesy: MGN

    This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. 

    More >>

    This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.