Carotid Artery Endarterectomy

The carotid artery carries blood through the neck to the brain. Blockage of this artery can lead to brain damage called a stroke. A carotid artery endarterectomy is a surgery to remove the deposits from this artery. Deposits in arteries result in plaque. This can slow and even stop blood from flowing through the artery.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site
    • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
    • Severe headaches, swelling in your neck, or other new symptoms
    • Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain
    • Memory loss
    • Drooping facial muscles
    • Difficulty with speech, vision, or with moving
    • Weakness
    • Arm pain
    • Extreme sweatiness
    • Lightheadedness or fainting

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    The carotid artery carries blood through the neck to the brain. Blockage of this artery can lead to brain damage called a stroke.

    A carotid artery endarterectomy is a surgery to remove the deposits from this artery. Deposits in arteries result in plaque. This can slow and even stop blood from flowing through the artery.

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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure


    This procedure helps to restore proper blood flow to the brain. This will help to prevent
    strokes
    and
    transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). TIAs are considered a warning sign of a stroke.

  • Possible Complications

    If you are planning to have an endarterectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Damage to the carotid artery
    • High blood pressure
      or low blood pressure
    • Stroke
    • Nerve injury in the neck

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Smoking
    • The degree of blockage in your carotid artery
    • Blockage of the carotid arteries on both sides of your neck
    • Diabetes