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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more