The carotid artery refers to the two major arteries found on the sides of the neck that are responsible for supplying blood to the brain. Certain factors can cause these arteries to become narrower than normal, the most common being atherosclerosis or the buildup of fat and cholesterol in the arteries. Patients who have a carotid artery disorder face a greater risk of suffering from a stroke.
To lower this risk, patients are advised to see a specialist immediately once they are diagnosed with carotid artery stenosis. Thankfully, procedures that can treat the condition are now widely offered in Southeast Asian hospitals, particularly those in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. These countries have a successful medical tourism industry that provides patients easier access to high quality but affordable medical care.
Some of the procedures commonly performed in Southeast Asia for the treatment of this condition include endarterectomy and angioplasty with stenting. The latter, which is currently the gold standard in the management of narrowed arteries, is a minimally invasive procedure that can greatly improve patients’ prognosis without putting them through a long and taxing recovery process. These procedures are performed by highly qualified surgeons, most of whom have studied abroad, using the most advanced technology and modern medical facilities.
Despite the superior level of medical care and services offered in Southeast Asia, the treatment costs in the region remain to be affordable. In fact, medical tourists in the region can save up to 70% of what they would otherwise spend when they go to the US or Europe for treatment. Despite huge savings, patients can expect the same quality of care offered in the West.