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Surgeon Experience Matters in Neck Artery Procedure: Study
Date:9/27/2011

ts should feel comfortable asking their surgeons about their level of experience. He added that some research has suggested that surgeons can effectively learn how to perform cardiac stenting with the help of education programs. "However," he said, "the extent to which these programs are routinely used in real-world practice and their overall quality in such settings is largely unknown."

Stents may not be the best answer for older patients with clogged neck arteries, especially those over 75, said Dr. John Francfort, chairman of the department of surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, N.Y.

An alternative surgical procedure known as an endarterectomy to open up neck arteries may be a better idea, Francfort said.

The study is published in the Sept. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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For more about the carotid arteries, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Brahmajee K. Nallamothu, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor, internal medicine, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor; John Francfort, M.D., chairman, department of surgery, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, N.Y.; Sept. 28, 2011, Journal of the American Medical Association


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