- Posted on: Mar 15 2019
When plaque builds in the carotid artery this can lead to a patient having a stroke. There is risk if the carotid artery is more than 70 percent blocked.
A carotid endarterectomy can be performed to remove the plaque and restore normal blood flow.
How is a carotid endarterectomy done?
In this procedure, the patient is put under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about two hours. The procedure starts by making an incision in the neck to expose the carotid artery then clamps are placed on the artery, on each side of the blockage. This temporarily stops the blood flow. A shunt is placed to direct the blood flow temporarily around the area. Next, we open the artery and remove the plaque. This usually can be removed in a single piece. The shunt is then removed, blood flow returned, and the incisions are closed. Our surgeons at Nevada Vein and Vascular are certified vascular surgeons and are highly experienced to perform this type of a surgery.
What are the risks with a carotid endarterectomy?
As this is general surgery, all of the corresponding risks inherent in any surgery are present: excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, infection, and reaction to general anesthesia.
Specific to this procedure, there are these risks:
- Possible heart attack
- Redevelopment of plaque buildup in the same location
- Blood clots
What is recovery like?
Patients may need to spend one night in the hospital following a carotid endarterectomy. About one week after your surgery, you’ll likely be able to return to most of your day-to-day activities. But strenuous labor or exercise needs to wait for a few weeks. You’ll have aching neck pain for about two weeks where your incision was made. You’ll have to be careful turning your head during this period.
Do you have questions about this procedure? Call the team at Nevada Vein and Vascular, (775) 323-3000.
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