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General Anesthesia Carotid Endarterectomy
Do your homework: Your local providers are likely excellent. Take a trusted person with you and ask questions. There are many types of providers, some who perform both the carotid stent and surgical endarterectomy. Stents have about 5% peri op stroke rate. Surgical endarterectomy have about 3% peri op stroke rate. Remember to ask what is your stroke risk absent any intervention. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very: We use the endpoint of stroke to define how effective carotid surgery is. Endarterectomy reduces the risk of stroke from 26% to 9% in patients with high grade stenosis (narrowing) who have had mini-strokes or strokes in the past. In people who have not suffered mini-strokes or strokes but have a high grade stenosis, endarterectomy reduces risk of stroke from 10% to less than 5%. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Plenty: Most dreaded complication is a stroke, and a minority of these can be lethal. In some patients, bleeding in the surgical bed can lead to a collection of blood/fluid that generate enough pressure to impair airway function, this is a life threatening condition. Heart attacks, pulmonary emboli and arterial dissection can also happen, but fairly rairly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Clearing of Plaque: This is to surgically expose the carotid artery in the neck and to remove the plaque of the diseased artery. Arteries have 3 layers. Plaque / atherosclerosis develops in the inner two layers. The outer layer is the strength layer. These layers peel apart similar to the layers in an onion. Once cleared, the artery is closed using patch to prevent it from scarring down. The goal: prevent strokes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Plaque removal: It is a technical operation. Artery is controlled, opened under full anticoagulation. Shunt placed to maintain blood flow to your brain and the lesion removed. If the artery is small caliber a patch can be used to increase caliber or close artery primarily. For my patients, I photograph the plaque for them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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