Stenting is a surgical procedure used to treat stenosis in the carotid arteries. It is frequently done in conjunction with carotid endarterectomy, a procedure that removes fatty deposits from arterial walls.
A stent is a device, commonly made of mesh-like material, which is placed into the artery using a long, thin catheter tube threaded in through another part of the body, such as the leg. Stents support the narrowed blood vessel and hold it open to enable blood flow to the brain. Studies have shown that this procedure can be performed effectively with low restenosis and repeat intervention rates.
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