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How Long Does Carotid Artery Surgery Take
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Recovery: A few days.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A family member just returned home from carotid artery surgery on the left side what are the normal after effect symptoms?
Yes: Usually for re-stenosis most surgeon will perform stenting if indicated instead of redo surgery although no true benefit of stenting over surgery in these cases. In acute sitting , yes stenting is being done to repair a post carotid surgery flap or dissection. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
A "knot" ..?: If you're feeling a "knot" in the area of the surgery, it's probably not a swollen "gland" (lymph node), it's probably sutured tissue that you're feeling. ...Read more
If you have : Restenosis of your carotid artery, then carotid stenting may help. Like a heart cath access is obtained into the artery at the groin. Catheter deploys a protection device, which looks like a small umbrella, into the artery. Stent is deployed and dilated with a balloon. Devices are then removed. Usually home next day. Make sure doctor has a lot of experience which will make the procedure safer. ...Read more
Is. Carotid artery surgery. Safe. I have. 70 percent. Blockage. Had. Known. Of. 3 people. Who had. A stroke?
I feel a slight lump in the area where i had the carotid artery surgery. Is this normal and will the lump eventually go down?
Unusual: Typically carotid artery disease causes stroke or TIA by embolic phenomena where a plaque rupture induce clots that travels to the brain. Due to extensive blood flow to brain from two carotid arteries and two vertebral arteries, it's unusual for chronic occlusion in one artery to cause symptoms but it can especially with more proximal occlusion , this can be corrected with bypas surgery or stent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
EEG or Shunt: There are two ways to know. Some people use a EEG to monitor the brain activity to assure enough blood is flowing to the brain. Others use a small tube to allow blood to bypass the work/surgery site in order to assure blood is always being supplied they work. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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