Carotid Endarterectomy

Carotid endarterectomy procedure

During carotid endarterectomy, your surgeon:

  • Makes a cut in your neck just below the jaw.
  • Opens the carotid artery and carefully removes the plaque.
  • May sew (graft) a man-made patch onto the carotid artery to widen or repair the artery.
  • Closes the artery and skin incisions with stitches.

Current as ofJuly 22, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology

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