A 50-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

my father is 80 years old and one of his carotid arteries is 90% blocked - is he a good candidate for surgery or not?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Steven Giannotta
48 years experience Neurosurgery
Possibly: It depends on his general health especially the condition of his heart and lungs. The surgeon must report no more than a 3 - 5% complication rate. He may be a candidate for a stenting procedure if he has heart problems or multiple strokes.
Answered on May 26, 2016
2
2 thanks
Dr. Michael Korona
32 years experience Interventional Radiology
Will need to: Be evaluated to see if intervention is safe. I perform carotid artery stenting with distal protection on patients this age frequently. See stroke and carotid artery disease at www.Sirweb.Org for good info.
Answered on Feb 8, 2015
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bolhack
34 years experience Wound care
Carotid Artery Block: You should obtain at least a couple of opinions related to this great question. A blockage alone is not necessarily a reason for surgery. Several majo ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Vascular surgeon: This is a decision that should be made by a vascular surgeon. Stenting or endarterectomy are often recommended for such an extensive carotid artery bl ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
23 years experience Geriatric Psychiatry
No 1 answer fits all: Every surgery has risks and benefits. Each specific person and their particular health history also bring benefits and risks to the discussion. Answer ... Read More
1
1 comment
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience Vascular Surgery
Good Question: Blocked carotid arteries are treated in order to prevent a major stroke. Patients with alzheimer's disease are forgetful, they have not had a stroke. ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month