Harbin Clinic Vascular Surgeon Now Performs Carotid Artery Angioplasty & Stenting Procedure

Harbin Clinic is pleased to announce Dr. Trent Prault, Vascular Surgeon, is now performing Carotid Artery Angioplasty & Stenting procedures to treat carotid stenosis or plaque build up in the carotid artery. This is the first time these procedures have been performed in Floyd County.

The carotid arteries are blood vessels in the neck that carry blood to the brain. One or both of the carotids can be narrowed by a buildup of plaque, a fatty material that sticks to artery walls. This narrowing can reduce the brain’s blood supply and increase the risk of stroke.

Carotid Artery Angioplasty & Stenting is an alternative to the traditional Carotid Endarterectomy, the surgery to reopen a narrowed carotid artery. With Carotid Endarterectomy, an incision is made in the neck near one of the carotid arteries, followed by an incision in the artery to remove the plaque. This procedure is very risky for certain patients; therefore, the new carotid artery stent is an alternative for high risk patients. High risk patients include those who have had a Carotid Endarterectomy before; those who have had other head/neck surgery and radiation; and those who health is not stable enough for open surgery. The new carotid artery stent procedure is minimally-invasive; a small incision is made in the groin and catheters are used to reach the carotid arteries and insert the stent.

Dr. Prault trained for this procedure during his Fellowship training at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He has performed the procedure on patients at both Redmond Regional Medical Center and Floyd Medical Center.

Dr. Prault joined Harbin Clinic in August 2007. He received his Medical Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis and his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Prault completed his residency in General Surgery and a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.