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What are complications that can happen during carotid artery surgery?

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Dr. Peter H'doubler
Vascular Surgery 40 years experience
See below: Carotid endarterectomy is a very safe procedure when performed by an experienced vascular surgeon. That said, complications that can occur duing the procedure include neurological injury, cranial nerve injury, bleeding and complications of anesthesia. These are all quite rare but can occur. Never be afraid to ask the surgeon what his/her complication rate is!

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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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