Surgical removal of plaque buildup in the carotid artery
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Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a common treatment for carotid artery disease, in which fatty deposits known as plaque cause the large blood vessels in your neck to narrow or become blocked.
The surgeons in our Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Program provide leading expertise in treating carotid disease. Your doctor may recommend carotid endarterectomy if you have severe narrowing of a vessel or are at risk for a stroke.
What to expect during carotid endarterectomy
You may be asked not to eat or drink before the procedure. Ask your doctor if you should take your regular medications. Your doctor will discuss sedation options before the procedure, which may include local anesthesia (the neck area is numbed and you will be awake) or general anesthesia (you will be asleep with a breathing tube inserted).
The surgeon will make an incision in your neck. The surgeon will then open the diseased artery and remove the plaque that is causing the blockage. Finally, the artery will be closed to restore normal blood flow.
The procedure takes one and a half to two hours and you should be able to go home the next day..
A extracranial carotid artery aneurysm is a bulge that weakens the walls of the main artery in your neck and may create blood clots that can result in a stroke.
Carotid artery disease, also known as carotid artery stenosis, occurs when fatty deposits known as plaque cause the carotid arteries to narrow or become blocked.
An angiogram is a special X-ray taken as a special dye is injected through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter to detect blockages or aneurysms in blood vessels.
Carotid duplex ultrasound uses Doppler and traditional ultrasound to assess blood flow in the arteries that supply blood to your brain.
Magnetic resonance imaging, better known as cardiac MRI, is a combination of radio waves, magnets and computer technology to create images of your heart and blood vessels.