What is involved in an endarterectomy?

See below. Carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes plaque from the carotid artery. It 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.