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.
Recover carotid surg. Most can go home after breakfast the morning after surgery. I allow them to return to full speed after I see them for their one week post op visit and the surgical site (neck) will be back to normal in 4-6 weeks.
Quick recovery. Carotid endarterectomy requires an overnight stay in the hospital. Most patients are back to doing just about everything in 5 to 7 days. The neck heals very quickly and the procedure itself isn't very traumatic (i.e. No muscle is cut or bones broken) which makes the discomfort post operatively mild and short-lived. I have had a who mc'ed a black tie event for 600 people 3 days post-op!

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

Endarterectomy. Recovery from surgery depends on the patient and their condition. In general if everything else is fine, a week or two should have the patient pretty perky though the neck wound might still be sore a bit.
Recover carotid surg. Most can go home after breakfast the morning after surgery. I allow them to return to full speed after I see them for their one week post op visit and the surgical site (neck) will be back to normal in 4-6 weeks.

Carotid endarterectomy last monday for 77 % stenosis. Still have fatigue and some vague headaches in back of head and temples. Is this normal? How long?

The anesthetics. Should be long gone from your system by now, especially if this was done under local. You shouldn't be requiring significant pain medication at this point, either. Notify your surgeon of your complaints. He may want to examine you soon.
Probably. Many people have these types of complaints for a few days and maybe even a couple of weeks after this surgery. It should be getting better each day. If you notice any change in brain function, severe headaches, or swelling in your neck, you should contact your physician immediately.
HA after CEA. Endarterectomy is not intended to improve fatigue but the has are not uncommon and usually go away within 10-14 days. If they are severe, not going away, or getting worse report them to your doctor immediately.

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.
Yes. Scar and plaque may form. Need to be followed with yearly ultrasounds. If severe blockage returns, then carotid stent indicated.
Blocked again? Up to 18-20% of people can develop more that 50% blockage in a carotid that had been fixed before but of all those people only 1% of them develop enough blockage beyond 50% to need a second procedure.

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%.
Remarkably. Carotid endartectomy (cea) is a scientifically proven, remarkably effective procedure which prevents stroke in patients with symptomatic carotid stenosis or high grade asymptomatic stenosis. It is a very durable and long lasting procedure and has a very high success rate when performed by an experienced vascular surgeon.
Carotid repair? Carotid endarterectomy has been considered the gold standard for repair of carotid narrowing against which any newer method of repair is compared. It is considered very effective in good hands.

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.
Remove plaque. The surgical removal of plaque in the major artery in the neck (carotid) supplying blood to the brain to reduce the chance of stroke. Not everyone with carotid plaque needs surgery. In fact, the vast majority are treated medically. Discuss with your doctor.
CEA. It is a small surgical procedure to clean out the plaque that is narrowing the carotid artery.