Carotid endarterectomy involves the removal of plaque from a carotid artery that has been blocked due to atherosclerosis. This procedure is performed by making an incision in the neck.
Also Known As:
- Heart surgery
- Carotid artery disease surgery
Conditions Treated with Carotid Endarterectomy:
Carotid endarterectomy is utilized in cases of atherosclerosis and to restore blood flow to the brain.
Non-surgical alternatives to carotid endarterectomy include cholesterol-reducing medication, blood thinners and regular exercise. Carotid artery angioplasty is a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Carotid Endarterectomy:
Carotid endarterectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Carotid Endarterectomy:
Possible risks following carotid endarterectomy include infection, neck pain, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience seizures, a heart attack, brain hemorrhage and temporary paralysis. In some cases, the artery blockage may return.
Prognosis after Carotid Endarterectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following carotid endarterectomy is good.
Recovery from Carotid Endarterectomy:
Total recovery following carotid endarterectomy is two to four weeks.