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Is the surgery to remove carotid blockages very dangerous?

Is the surgery to remove carotid blockages very dangerous?

No: This surgery, when performed by experts, can be very safe. Surgical outcomes do depend on the experience of your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you explain how a carotid surgery to remove plaque works?

Can you explain how a carotid surgery to remove plaque works?

Like an onion: Arteries have layers similar to onions, but only 3. The disease which causes the blockage ( atherosclerosis / plaque formation / cholesterol build-up ) involves the inner 2 layers. During surgery we expose the carotid artery, clamp above and below the blockage, open the artery up and literally separate the inner 2 diseased layers from the outer strength layer, just like layers of an onion. ...Read more

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I have some blockages in my carotid arteries and will probably have to have surgery. Is this a very dangerous operation?

I have some blockages in my carotid arteries and will probably have to have surgery. Is this a very dangerous operation?

Depends: This is a very routine operation that carries a low risk of stroke and death if done in an experienced center with a skilled surgical team. The risk of stroke and death should be less than 3 percent. ...Read more

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Is surgery for blocked carotid artery dangerous?

Is surgery for blocked carotid artery dangerous?

Carotid surgery: Carotid surgery should be done when risk of not doing so higher. Stroke risk lowest for asymptomatic stenosis, higher in those with TIAs and yet higher with prior stroke. Risk of MI can be higher than stroke risk. Slight risk of bleeding, real but low risk cranial nerve injury, low risk of surgically significant carotid renarrowing. Generally stroke risk lower for surgery, MI risk lower for stent. ...Read more

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Had small bowel resection (5ft),colon blockage removed,appendectomy,and hernia repair done in emerg surgery.Tons of side effects 3months later. Help?

Had small bowel resection (5ft),colon blockage removed,appendectomy,and hernia repair done in emerg surgery.Tons of side effects 3months later. Help?

Side Effects: The answer to your questions depends on the side effects you are having. Small bowel resection can affect stool transit time as well as nutrient absorption. Adhesions from any abdominal procedure may be a source of discomfort for some. I suggest you speak to your primary care doc about your symptoms to identify the most likely source of your symptoms. From there you can make a plan. ...Read more

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What is the surgery proceedure to remove stenosis in the left carotid artery where it comes out at the top of the aorta?

There are several: If you mean a stenosis in the common carotid off the aorta, the procedure would either be a stent or a carotid (or innominate) endarterectomy. Much more common is a carotid endarterecomy, however this occurs where the internal carotid comes off the common carotid, not the aorta. ...Read more

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"For patients with a narrowing of an artery between 50% and 99%, it is recommended that surgery to remove the plaque carotid endarterectomy," True?

"For patients with a narrowing of an artery between 50% and 99%, it is recommended that surgery to remove the plaque carotid endarterectomy," True?

Complex: There is recent data suggesting that medication management may be as successful as surgery in stroke prevention, and there is another surgical intervention called stenting. Since patients vary and may do best with different approaches, get a few opinions prior to deciding the ultimate l pathway. ...Read more