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Doctor insights on: General Anesthesia Carotid Endarterectomy

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Is it regional or general anesthesia for a carotid endarterectomy?

Is it regional or general anesthesia for a carotid endarterectomy?

Surgeon preference.: I have done the anesthesia for this procedure both ways. A few surgeons prefer a regional or cervical block, however, most prefer an general anesthetic. Discuss the procedure with your surgeon and anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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General Anesthesia (Definition)

General anesthesia is a medically induced coma and loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more general anesthetic agents. It is a treatment that renders you unconscious during medical procedures, so you don't feel or ...Read more


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Do you get regional or general anesthesia for a carotid endarterectomy?

Depends: It is possible to have either general or regional anesthesia for a carotid endarterectomy. Over 95% are done with general anesthesia. A few surgeons prefer to use regional anesthesia especially in patients who have active hearts disease (angina). ...Read more

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Can my artery reclog after carotid endarterectomy?

Can my artery reclog after carotid endarterectomy?

Yes: The recurrence rates after endarterectomy depend in a number of factors such as smoking, patch use for angioplasty and on going problems with managing the risk factors of peripheral vascular disease. Women may also be more likely to have recurrent disease. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about a carotid endarterectomy.?

Carotid endarterect: Read this: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/carotid_endarterectomy.

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How effective is a carotid endarterectomy for treating a stroke?

How effective is a carotid endarterectomy for treating a stroke?

Prevents, doesn't tx: While it's semantics, carotid endarterectomy doesn't "treat" stroke as much as it's performed to prevent one. Success depends upon experience of surgeon & operating team/hospital. ...Read more

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What was your recovery like after carotid endarterectomy: is stroke something that may happen ?

What was your recovery like after carotid endarterectomy:  is stroke something that may happen ?

Depends : Recovery from surgery is quick usually within two weeks unless patient has a stroke then recovery is variable . Stroke could occur from surgery , this ranges from 3% if surgery done for asymptomatic blockage to 5-7% if done for TIA or stroke or even 10% in redo carotid surgery, although most vascular surgeons with good experience has this risk down to less than 1%. ...Read more

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How long is a carotid endarterectomy scar?

How long is a carotid endarterectomy scar?

Approx 5-8m: The incision is traditionally 5-8cm if done longitudinally. ...Read more

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Will a carotid endarterectomy leave a large amount of scars?

Will a carotid endarterectomy leave a large amount of scars?

No: It will leave a small 3 inch very thin scar which may be difficult to see after six months. ...Read more

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Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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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