Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting

Carotid angioplasty and stenting is a procedure where a narrowed carotid artery (an artery in the neck that supplies the brain) is opened up by ballooning and stenting. Carotid angioplasty and stenting is usually performed when the carotid artery narrowing has already caused a stroke. This minimally invasive technique is an alternative to surgery to remove the plaque that is causing the carotid artery narrowing, in patients who either are at increased risk for open surgery or who refuse surgery.