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If i had carotid artery surgery, what is the expected recovery time?

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Fast: Really depends if you have pre or post procedure stroke or mini stroked which should be unusual . Most probably of everything goes well you can be home next day of surgery and active going to work within a week if pain is controlled
Dr. Bradley Thomas
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Well tolerated.: After surgery, you may stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 days. Because the neck incision is usually small, you may not feel significant pain. After you go home, your physician may recommend that you avoid driving and limit physical activities for several weeks. You can usually begin normal activities again anywhere from 2-6 weeks after the operation. Most 2-4 weeks.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is recovery time after carotid artery surgery?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 years experience
Carotid surgery: It is generally a one or two day hospitalization and several weeks at home after that depending on your recovery process and your surgeons instructions.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you be too old to have carotid artery surgery?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Not necessarily: Age is relative. If a high functioning person has a TIA (mini-stroke) or a full blown stroke with carotid artery narrowing > 50%, then offering carotid surgery is an option. Poor cardiac function ( a bad heart ) is a contraindication for general anesthesia, however there are other options such as carotid stenting or an awake carotid endarterectomy using a nerve block.

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