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A new surgical technique known as high-flow extracranial to intracranial (EC-IC) bypass surgery is now undergoing audit by a neurosurgical team at The North Bristol NHS Trust.
The audit's aim is to establish whether 'high-flow' EC-IC bypass surgery can significantly reduce the risk of stroke among patients who have bilateral carotid artery occlusion (see indications and referral requirements).
These patients will be at high-risk of suffering an ischaemic stroke, despite maximum medication. They may have been told that no other treatment is currently available to them.
Bypass surgery will only be offered to patients after a thorough assessment and only if their risk of suffering a stroke in the near future is very high.
How will I know if I'm eligible for high-flow EC-IC bypass?
Using the information on this site you'll be able to discuss with your GP whether taking part in an audit is the right path for you. Only your GP can refer you for assessment.
Both assessment and surgery payment will be requested by your local PCT.
NICE Guidance 2010 compatible