New Vascular Surgery Procedure Now Available in El Paso


Transcarotid Artery Revascularization Offered at UMC Clinic

EL PASO, Texas – An El Paso vascular surgeon saved a man’s life by slitting his throat.

And it all happened while the patient was awake.

Jack Hall likes to joke that he lived to tell the tale.

“I was awake the whole time and I said, ‘Hey! You just slit my throat!’ And I survived. Oh boy!” Hall added, shaking his head in disbelief.

The procedure is called transcarotid artery revascularization, and it’s the first time it’s been done in El Paso.

“In simple terms, it’s a stent in a carotid artery, located in the neck, for patients who have narrowing of that artery as a result of arthroscopic disease,” said Dr Gilbert Aidinian.

Aidinian is the Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso and UMC. “The procedure is done to prevent a stroke in these patients.”

Hall, 64, underwent the procedure earlier this month.

He unwittingly became the ideal candidate for surgery when he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

The diagnosis came months after the El Paso Community College math tutor began working from his home in Chaparral at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. He told ABC-7 he developed severe health problems.

“I had started swelling from the waist down – and I mean horrible swelling,” Hall said. He mimicked the sound of a balloon filling with air as he gestured to his leg with his hands. “It didn’t split the skin or anything like that, but I was advised to get my butt to the ER real quick.”

He ended up seeing Dr. Aidinian. He is one of the only physicians in El Paso qualified to perform transcarotid artery revascularization.

“It has been shown to lower the risk of stroke in the carotid stent population (during the procedure),” Aidinian said, adding that many El Paso residents who are at risk of developing carotid disease will benefit. of the procedure.

“The other novelty about T-CAR is that once we get to the artery, we reverse the blood flow in that artery, so all the plaque that can potentially go to the brain and cause a stroke brain as a result of the procedure recedes out of the arteries,” Aidinian said. “There is no risk of causing a stroke from the procedure. Or, there is a very low risk of causing a stroke from the procedure.”

Hall said he had been a smoker since he was 13 and blamed it for his heart problems. After his life-changing surgery, he’s more motivated to quit.

“It’s an ongoing process,” Hall said. “My stamina is low. I don’t need to use this cane to walk but I need it to balance myself, but I feel better than I was.”

Dr. Aidinian said the procedure is the newest type of arterial treatment offered by UMC at its new clinic on Vista Del Sol Drive near Sumac Drive.

Patients should go home the next day.

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