Carotid-Carotid Bypass is a surgical procedure that is used to treat blockages in the carotid arteries, which are the major vessels that supply blood to the brain. During the procedure, a graft is placed between the two carotid arteries to allow blood flow to bypass the blockage.
Carotid-Carotid Bypass is typically offered to patients who have been diagnosed with severe carotid artery disease and are at risk of having a stroke. This may include patients with significant blockages in the carotid arteries or those who have already experienced a mini-stroke (also known as a transient ischemic attack, or TIA).
There are several benefits of Carotid-Carotid Bypass surgery, including a reduced risk of stroke and improved blood flow to the brain. The procedure can also help to alleviate symptoms such as pain or weakness in the face, arms, or legs, and can improve overall quality of life for patients.
Following Carotid-Carotid Bypass surgery, patients will typically spend several days in the hospital for monitoring and recovery. During this time, they may be given medication to manage pain and swelling, and will work with physical and occupational therapists to gradually regain strength and mobility. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few weeks to a few months after surgery.