Dr. Trevor DerDerian at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute was named a TCAR Clinical Operator of Experience for improving carotid artery disease treatment using an innovative procedure called TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR). Dr. DerDerian performed his 200th successful TCAR procedure in August 2021, more than any other physician in the State of California. TCAR is a clinically proven, minimally invasive, and safe approach for the treatment of carotid artery disease that reduces the risk of stroke for high-risk surgical patients.
Carotid artery disease is a form of atherosclerosis, or a buildup of plaque, in either or both of the two main arteries in the neck that supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain. If left untreated, carotid artery disease can often lead to stroke. Carotid artery disease is estimated to be the source of stroke in up to a third of stroke cases, with more than 427,000 new diagnoses of the disease made every year in the U.S. alone.
TCAR developer, Silk Road Medical, reviewed physicians across the country to recognize the physicians that have embraced the TCAR procedure. TCAR Clinical Operators of Experience have demonstrated a focus on patient outcomes through appropriate patient selection and a well-trained and credentialed vascular specialist team. This recognition demonstrates Desert Vein and Vascular Institute’s commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to their community.
“TCAR is an important new option in the fight against stroke and is particularly suited for the large portion of patients we see who are at higher risk of complications from carotid surgery due to age, anatomy, or other medical conditions,” said Dr. Pushpinder Sivia, a founding partner of Desert Vein and Vascular Institute. “We are very excited that Dr. DerDerian has been recognized for his efforts to modernize carotid artery repair.”
TCAR is unique in that blood flow is temporarily reversed during the procedure so that any small particles of plaque that may break off during the procedure are diverted away from the brain, preventing a stroke from happening. A stent is then placed inside the artery to stabilize the plaque, minimizing the risk of a future stroke. Patients recover quickly and go home the next day to return to full and productive lives with less pain.
Before the development of TCAR, the main treatment option for severe carotid artery disease was an open surgical procedure called carotid endarterectomy (CEA). CEA removes plaque from inside the carotid artery to restore normal blood flow to the brain, but the large incision leaves a visible scar the length of the neck and carries risks of surgical complications, including bleeding, infection, heart attack, and cranial nerve injuries that can cause issues with swallowing, speaking and sensation in the face.
The TCAR procedure was developed by Sunnyvale, California-based Silk Road Medical, Inc. and includes the ENROUTE® Transcarotid Neuroprotection (NPS) and Stent System – the first devices designed and FDA-approved specifically for TCAR. Over 20,000 TCAR procedures have been performed worldwide through clinical trials and commercial use. TCAR has been studied extensively, and the clinical data have been excellent. Additional information about TCAR is available at https://silkroadmed.com/patient-caregivers/.
About Desert Vein and Vascular Institute
Desert Vein and Vascular Institute is the premier vein and vascular practice in the Coachella Valley. With three convenient locations Valley-wide, Desert Vein and Vascular Institute’s five board-certified vascular surgeons provide the most advanced treatment of complex vascular disorders and arterial disease in the desert, including treatments for peripheral artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid artery disease, and more. Their group of physicians is on staff at all three Coachella Valley hospitals, including Eisenhower Medical Center, Desert Regional Medical Center, and John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital. They are also nationally recognized as leaders in VenaSeal™ treatment, the most advanced, non-surgical treatment of varicose veins. The group has clinic locations in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and La Quinta. For more information, visit http://www.desertveins.com.