Carotid arteries are large blood vessels in your neck responsible for
supplying oxygen-rich blood to your brain. When blockages restrict blood flow,
it can cause serious complications such as stroke. As one of the most
comprehensive endovascular programs in North Carolina, our surgeons are skilled
in delivering life-saving treatments such as carotid endartererctomy.
Endarterectomy at Wake Forest Baptist Health
Carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove blockages
from your carotid artery. Although this may sound complex, it is a common
treatment used to treat for carotid artery disease. Our board-certified,
fellowship-trained surgeons have years of experience performing this procedure.
Your may benefit from carotid endarterectomy if you have experienced:
- Significant (50 to 70 percent) narrowing in your carotid artery; and
- Stroke, or one or more
transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), also called mini-strokes, in the past 6
Surgery isn’t for everyone. Your doctor will let you know if carotid
endarterectomy is right for your condition.
Disease Treatment in North Carolina
You have two carotid arteries, one on each side of your neck. Over
time, buildup of a fatty substance called plaque can interfere with normal
blood flow. If a piece of plaque breaks away, it can get stuck in the smaller
arteries of your brain, causing a stroke.
At Wake Forest Baptist Health, our team of vascular surgeons performs
carotid endarterectomy in a dedicated endovascular operating room. Here’s what
you can expect during the procedure:
- Our specially trained anesthesiologists give you medicine to help you
fall asleep (general anesthesia).
- We make a small incision in your neck just below the level of the jaw,
exposing your carotid artery.
- We may reroute blood flow using a special tube inserted into your
blood vessel above and below the surgical area.
- We open the artery and remove the plaque, often in one piece.
- We may take a vein from your leg and sew it on to your carotid artery (also
known as grafting) to make it stronger.
- When your procedure is complete, we remove the shunt and close your incisions
Your procedure will take about an hour. After surgery, you will recuperate
in an intensive care unit (ICU) dedicated to Heart & Vascular Center
patients. Here, your care is led nurses and nurse practitioners with specialized
training in vascular disease.
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