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What is the definition or description of: carotid artery surgery?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Surgery of carotid: There are different kinds of carotid artery surgery. The most common, however, is called a carotid endarterectomy. This is done for carotid artery stenosis (blockage). The artery is opened and the blockage is carefully removed and the inside of the artery is cleaned up. The vessel is then often closed with a patch to make it a little larger.
Dr. Kevin Nolan
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Carotid surgery: Is one of two primary ways to address blockage in the carotid artery that could lead to stroke. The other is carotid stenting.

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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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