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What is recovery like after carotid endarterectomy?

What is recovery like after carotid endarterectomy?

Recovery: Typically people go home the next morning with just the sensation that they have a "stiff neck" rather than a lot of pain. We ask them to take it easy until the follow up visit after which they can usually return to normal activity levels. ...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


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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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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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How effective is carotid endarterectomy?

How effective is carotid endarterectomy?

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 more

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When can I exercise after carotid endarterectomy?

When can I exercise after carotid endarterectomy?

Yes: You can start with gentle excercize after 2 weeks and normal rouotine excercize after 6 weeks. It all depends on your recovery from the surgery. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have carotid endarterectomy?

What does it mean to have carotid endarterectomy?

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 more

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How likely is survival for carotid endarterectomy?

How likely is survival for carotid endarterectomy?

Generally good.: Carotid endarterectomy (cea) generally has a low operative morbidity (complication) and mortality (death), and this is because cea should not be generally offered in patients who are not an acceptable risk and who don't have an adequate life expectancy. Consult with a vascular surgeon to discuss this operation in more detail. ...Read more

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Any lethal complications to carotid endarterectomy ?

Any lethal complications to carotid endarterectomy ?

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 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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What are the chances of survival after carotid endarterectomy?

What are the chances of survival after carotid endarterectomy?

Very good: If the patient has no major stroke and before surgery has no severe medical illness then mortality is less than 1-2 %. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to recover from carotid endarterectomy?

How long does it usually take to recover from carotid endarterectomy?

3-6 weeks: I have had patients return to full activities 3 days later and have never had anyone take more then 6 weeks. Most are fully recovered by 3 weeks. I have done over 2500 carotid surgeries. ...Read more

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I had a carotid endarterectomy dec 20th need some advice, suggestions?

I had a carotid endarterectomy dec 20th need some advice, suggestions?

Carotid endarterecto: If you had a carotid surgery then you have physicians associated with that condition who should be available to you to answer any questions you have. Only general advice can be given from out here. ...Read more

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What is a carotid endarterectomy consist of? They cut open your carotids?

What is a carotid endarterectomy consist of?  They cut open your carotids?

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 more

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What is safer than a carotid endarterectomy nowadays, and where is the best center to do it?

What is safer than a carotid endarterectomy nowadays, and where is the best center to do it?

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 more

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Is stenting or carotid endarterectomy better?

Is stenting or carotid endarterectomy better?

Carotid intervention: CEA has lower stroke risk than stent, stent has lower risk of MI and cranial nerve injury. Each suitable at times. Best to go to provider that can do either. CEA generally better for standard risk patients, stent generally best if patient has had neck radiation, tracheostomy, or prior CEA. Can get biased view if provider can only do one or the other. Go to someone that can advise on risk/benefit. ...Read more

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Can a person have prophylactic carotid endarterectomy?

Yes: In general a carotid endarterectomy is done to prevent a person from having a stroke. There are criteria for symptomatic as well as a symptomatic patients. Either way the purpose of the operation is to prevent a stroke. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a carotid endarterectomy ?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a carotid endarterectomy ?

Carotid artery surg.: A carotid endarterectomy is a surgery to "clean out" the carotid artery. Doctors do this if there is significant atherosclerosis buildup in the carotid artery, because reducing the buildup reduces the risk of stroke. ...Read more

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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