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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. 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


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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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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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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 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 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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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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more