A 36-year-old member asked:
is surgery for blocked carotid artery dangerous?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Calvin Weisberger answered
50 years experience Cardiology
Carotid: Carotid artery surgery has stroke as one of its complications. As such it is not without significant risk.
Answered on Jun 18, 2019
Dr. Andris Kazmers answered
44 years experience Vascular Surgery
Carotid surgery: Carotid surgery should be done when risk of not doing so higher. Stroke risk lowest for asymptomatic stenosis, higher in those with TIAs and yet higher with prior stroke. Risk of MI can be higher than stroke risk. Slight risk of bleeding, real but low risk cranial nerve injury, low risk of surgically significant carotid renarrowing. Generally stroke risk lower for surgery, MI risk lower for stent.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
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