Dr. Siddharth Patel, of Northside Vascular Surgery, has performed Georgia’s first balloon lithotripsy in the carotid artery. The procedure is an emerging endovascular technology that breaks up calcified plaque within arteries using sonic pressure waves. It has been used to treat large kidney stones in patients but has shown promise within the coronary and lower extremity circulation to treat blockages.
Dr. Patel, is a board-certified vascular surgeon with technical experience in open and endovascular procedures. His experience includes TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR), a minimally invasive treatment option for carotid artery disease.
He received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California before conducting an internship in general surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. From there, Dr. Patel pursued his general surgery residency and post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Patel is a member of the nationally recognized faculty that provides education and training on TCAR for new vascular surgery graduates and established vascular surgeons alike. He previously served as Chief of Vascular Surgery and now is the Medical Director for Northside Hospital System’s vascular program.
Dr. Patel performed the lithotripsy procedure in conjunction with TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) at Northside Hospital Forsyth.
“We hope this combination therapy will further open the doors to minimally invasive carotid therapy for many patients who otherwise would not be candidates for critical life-preserving surgery,” says Dr. Patel.