If you have too much plaque in your brain arteries, that is known as atherosclerotic disease. This means your brain is not receiving an adequate blood supply and you are at risk of a stroke.
Traditionally, blood thinners were used to treat this condition. Today, there is a treatment to open the blocked arteries. The device, called the Wingspan™ Stent System, is specifically designed to open the clogged arteries.
Neurosurgeons at Jefferson Hospitals were the first in the region and among the first in the nation to successfully use this stent. The stent is self-expanding and is placed using minimally invasive techniques. It is threaded through an artery in the leg.