A carotid endarterectomy (say "kuh-RAW-tid en-dar-tuh-REK-tuh-mee")
is done to remove fatty buildup (plaque) from one of the carotid arteries.
There are two of these arteries. One runs along each side of the neck. They supply blood
to your brain. When plaque builds up in either one, it can make it hard for
blood to flow to the brain. This surgery may lower your risk of
The doctor will make a cut (incision) in your neck. Then
the doctor will make a cut in the carotid artery and take out the plaque.
Next, the doctor will close the cut in the artery
with stitches. Or the doctor may sew a man-made patch over this cut.
This will make the artery wider. It also helps keep it from getting narrow again.
Then the doctor will use stitches to close the cut in your skin. It will leave a scar. But the scar will fade with time.
probably go home the day after surgery. You may be able to go back to work or
your usual activities in 1 to 2 weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go
to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also
a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
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