Veteran undergoes breakthrough surgery at Charlie Norwood VA

Veteran undergoes breakthrough surgery at Charlie Norwood VA
Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (Source: WFXG)

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A veteran being treated at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is the first person in the CSRA to undergo a breakthrough medical procedure.

The veteran received a Transcarotid Artery Revascularization surgery on Sept. 19. According to the VA, the operation took just over 1 hour to complete and was successful. TCAR is an alternative to a more invasive surgery: the cartoid endarterectomy. The new procedure reduces the risk of stoke during and after the operation.

“It’s very exciting to be the first, and it means a lot for our Veterans,” says Dr. Manual F. Ramirez “It gives an alternative for our patients who may be more at risk for stroke or other factors.”

Interim Chief of Staff Dr. Terri Lockhart said the TCAR procedure is another reason why Veterans are choosing VA. “Every opportunity our doctors have to bring safer, better care to Veterans is one we embrace enthusiastically,” Lockhart said. “I’m proud of the team that successfully completed the procedure and look forward to continually giving reasons for Veterans to choose Charlie Norwood as their provider of care.”

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