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What are the side effects of carotid artery surgery?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Numbness: The most common post-op complaint is actually incisional numbness as well as numbness over the jaw bone of the operated side. Male patients have to be careful when shaving post-op. Pain is surprisingly not a common complaint, or at least manageable. Risks of a carotid endarterectomy include bleeding, nerve injury, stroke and heart attacks- the risk of any major adverse event should be around 2-3%.
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
Stroke: Stroke, damage to nerves, bleeding and infection.
Dr. Kevin Nolan
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Side effects: These occurs rarely but the list includes death, heart attack, stoke, cranial nerve injury, bleeding, infection, and localized numbness near the site of the incision. Complication and side effect lists are almost always big and scary (read the list from any medication you have). Fortunately, in good hands, carotid surgery should be pretty safe.

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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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