Carotid stenting is a procedure that is one done without a neck incision. The procedure is performed through a groin puncture.

With the use of X-ray guidance and special endovascular wires and catheters guided through the vascular lumen, a stent (metallic mesh tube) is inserted via the femoral artery and advanced up into the carotid artery to the site of the blockage, where it is expanded.

Carotid Artery Disease: Stenting

Typically patients who undergo this procedure have a supervised hospital stay for one day after surgery.

As with any operation, carotid stenting has a risk of minor and major complications, the most serious one being the risk of stroke.

You will want to discuss these thoroughly with your vascular surgeon.