New procedure at Strong Memorial Hospital aims to prevent strokes, speed up recovery time


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    Rochester, N.Y. – There’s a new procedure at Strong Memorial Hospital, and it’s helping to prevent life-threatening strokes.

    It’s called TCAR. The technique is relatively new; it’s been performed about 100 times by UR Medicine – the most in the state.

    The minimally-invasive technique opens blocked carotid arteries.

    “It’s put in in a way that the blood flow is being reversed from the brain while the carotid stent is being put in, which removes the risk of breaking off a blockage and traveling to the brain,” explained Dr. Michael Stoner, chief of vascular surgery at UR Medicine.

    Richard Haviland is one of the patients who received the new treatment for stroke prevention.

    “Suffice it to say, it worked,” he said. “I was experiencing considerable relief after that, gradually regaining and building strength.”

    It also means shorter hospital stays and a quicker recovery time for the patient.

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