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Can you explain how a carotid surgery to remove plaque works?
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
5 doctors agree
In brief: Plaque removal
The inner two layers of the artery are essentially pealed out.
The plaque is actually removed down to a clean plane. This removes the obstruction to the blood flow and the debris that may cause a stroke.

In brief: Plaque removal
The inner two layers of the artery are essentially pealed out.
The plaque is actually removed down to a clean plane. This removes the obstruction to the blood flow and the debris that may cause a stroke.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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