Overview of Carotid Endarterectomy
Carotid endarterectomy is a surgery that treats carotid artery disease. The procedure removes plaque in one of your carotid arteries (the main arteries in your neck that supply blood to the brain). The surgeon exposes the artery through a small incision in the neck. After removing the plaque, the surgeon may use a patch made of skin or synthetic material to widen the artery.
A carotid endarterectomy might be recommended if you have been experiencing stroke-like events called transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), caused by blockages in tiny arteries in the brain. One or more TIAs indicate atherosclerosis which may also be present in the carotid arteries. If plaque buildup is found there, this procedure is used to improve blood flow to the brain and help prevent a future stroke.
Carotid Endareterectomy In Depth
Learn more about Carotid Endarterectomy from Intermountain's Patient Education Library:
Learn what happens (and what you need to do) before, during, and after this procedure:
Where is Carotid Endarterectomy Performed?
Carotid endarterectomy is performed in the cardiovascular operating room (also called the CV OR) by a cardiothoracic surgeon and the OR team. Immediately after surgery, patients recover in the Thoracic Intensive Care Unit, a 24-bed unit directly adjacent to the cardiovascular operating room.
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