A 33-year-old member asked:
i have some blockages in my carotid arteries and will probably have to have surgery. is this a very dangerous operation?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Oliver Aalami answered
22 years experience Vascular Surgery
Not really: If it has been decided that you need a carotid endarterectomy, then it will be safer to have the surgery than not. The goal is to minimize the risk of stroke. The risk of a stroke or heart attack during a carotid endarterectomy is typically < 3%. If you have had a TIA or stroke and have a carotid blockage >50%, or no symptoms and a blockage >80% then surgery i safer than no surgery.
Answered on Apr 17, 2018
Dr. Khashayar Salartash answered
28 years experience Vascular Surgery
Depends: This is a very routine operation that carries a low risk of stroke and death if done in an experienced center with a skilled surgical team. The risk of stroke and death should be less than 3 percent.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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