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What was your recovery like after carotid endarterectomy: is stroke something that may happen ?

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: 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%.

In brief: 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%.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Safe operation

Endarterectomy is the gold standard for symptomatic carotid disease.
It is safe and effective. Many surgeons have a 2% peri operative rate of stroke, less than 1% risk of peri operative death. There is some risk to nerves that control the voice box but should an injury occur it is usually temporary. The key is to ask your surgeon about his or her personal complication rates.

In brief: Safe operation

Endarterectomy is the gold standard for symptomatic carotid disease.
It is safe and effective. Many surgeons have a 2% peri operative rate of stroke, less than 1% risk of peri operative death. There is some risk to nerves that control the voice box but should an injury occur it is usually temporary. The key is to ask your surgeon about his or her personal complication rates.
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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