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.

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