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Can you be too old to have carotid artery surgery?

Can you be too old to have carotid artery surgery?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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At what age are you considered too old for carotid artery surgery?

At what age are you considered too old for carotid artery surgery?

None specific: Patients 80 years and above considered high risk for any procedure including carotid surgery. But some patients who are above 80 yrs old are better candidates for carotid surgery than some 60's and 70's yr old patients. So it really depends on every patient. ...Read more

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At what usual age are you too old for carotid artery surgery?

At what usual age are you too old for carotid artery surgery?

It depends.: It depends on the functional status of the patient. I have done carotid surgery on a 96 yo who was highly functional. Overall the incidence of stroke is slightly higher but still very low. What also has to be considered is whether the patient is symptomatic or not. ...Read more

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What is recovery time after carotid artery surgery?

What is recovery time after carotid artery surgery?

Recovery after CEA: I ask my patients to see me back in the office around 7-10 days after the procedure and tell them they can return to full speed at that point but the neck will take about 4-6 weeks to go back to flat again. ...Read more

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If I had carotid artery surgery, what is the expected recovery time?

Recovery after CEA: I ask my patients to see me back in the office around 7-10 days after the procedure and tell them they can return to full speed at that point but the neck will take about 4-6 weeks to go back to flat again. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What are complications that can happen during carotid artery surgery?

What are complications that can happen during carotid artery surgery?

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! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of carotid artery surgery?

What are the side effects of carotid artery surgery?

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%. ...Read more

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Can statin drugs reduce need for carotid artery surgery?

Can statin drugs reduce need for carotid artery surgery?

Rumors exist: There is definitely evidence that the use of statins reduces the incidence of strokes and heart attacks. There have been isolated reports of carotid plaque (narrowing) shrinking with the use of statins but this has not been found true for everybody. Most people agree that statins work by "stabilizing" the plaque and preventing it from rupturing and causing a stroke. This is a hotly debated topic. ...Read more

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Carotid Arteries (Definition)

The carotid arteries start in the chest and progress up the sides of the neck. About mid neck they split and one branch supplies blood to the face the, the other continues without branches into the skull and supplies ...Read more


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Carotid Artery Surgery (Definition)

Is one of two primary ways to address blockage in the carotid artery that could lead to stroke. The ...Read more