1What is Carotid endarterectomy?
A carotid endarterectomy means removal of a blockage from the Carotid artery ( which supplies blood to the brain ) by an operation. It takes an hour to perform the operation
2Why is surgery performed?
Carotid endarterectomy is performed to prevent stroke ( paralysis)
3How it is performed?
It is performed under anesthesia in the operating room. A cut of about 6 cm is placed on the neck. The culprit plaque ( blockage) is removed. The artery is repaired either directly or with the patch. To maintain brain circulation during operation, a small tube called a shunt is used.
4What is the duration of hospitalization?
usually 3 to 4 days
5What are the complications of operation?
Cranial nerve palsy, temporary stroke (2-3%), Haematoma can occur
6What is the after care and follow up?
- Patients should take care of the wound. Dressing must not get wet or soiled.
- Sutures are removed after 10 days.
- Rest at home for a week.
- Continue all medications and diet as advised