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first hospital fuerteventura carotid surgery

First carotid surgery at Fuerteventura hospital
Radio Sintonia:

The General Hospital of Fuerteventura performs its first carotid surgery.

The General Hospital of Fuerteventura, attached to the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, recently performed the first carotid surgery, carried out in collaboration with specialists from the Vascular Surgery Service of the Insular University Hospital of Gran Canaria, who travelled to the island to perform the intervention.

Carotid endarterectomy consists of an extensive cleaning of the affected blood vessel, removing the plaque that narrows the internal lumen of the artery to minimize the risk of stroke, a very disabling disease that can be fatal and often seriously affects the quality of life of those survivors who suffer a stroke.

This is a very delicate procedure that must be carried out by highly trained healthcare professionals.


The internal carotid arteries are responsible, along with the vertebral arteries, for supplying oxygenated arterial blood that perfuses and nourishes the brain and the rest of the central nervous system, which makes up the so-called supra-aortic artery trunks.

When the carotid artery is affected by atherosclerotic disease, the associated thromboembolic phenomena are responsible for the majority of strokes.

In certain well-defined clinical circumstances, such as a transient ischemic stroke or narrowing of a carotid artery that compromises its internal lumen by more than 70 percent, the indication is a surgical intervention on the affected carotid artery, performing what is known as carotid endarterectomy.

Collaboration between hospitals

Since the first by-pass was carried out at the General Hospital of Fuerteventura last July, a total of five highly complex vascular procedures have been performed on the island, which results in the quality of life of those people with complex vascular pathologies, who no longer have to travel to Gran Canaria to receive care.

All this is possible thanks to the close collaboration between both hospital managements, in such a way that specialists from the Vascular Surgery service of the Insular University Hospital of Gran Canaria travel to Fuerteventura to solve a large number of vascular pathologies, which were previously resolved entirely in Gran Canaria. In addition, collaboration continues to be strengthened with specialists in Cardiology to perform and support the procedures that will begin to be carried out in the new Hemodynamics Room of the Majorero hospital.

The director of the Fuerteventura Health Area, Tomás Marcial Pérez, states that "the fact that this type of intervention can be carried out at the General Hospital of Fuerteventura by the vascular surgeons of Gran Canaria is a huge advance for all the inhabitants of Fuerteventura who thus avoid trips to Gran Canaria, which results in their quality of life and recovery after the intervention".
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