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Carotid artery surgery - series

Carotid artery surgery - series

There are four carotid arteries, with a pair located on each side of the neck. This includes the right- and left-internal carotid arteries, and the right- and left-external carotid arteries. The carotid arteries deliver oxygen-rich blood from the heart to both the head and brain.

Carotid artery surgery - series

Carotid artery surgery - series

There are four carotid arteries, with a pair located on each side of the neck. This includes the right- and left-internal carotid arteries, and the r...

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Carotid artery surgery - series

Indications

When the carotid arteries become blocked with cholesterol plaques (atherosclerotic plaques), blood flow to the brain is compromised. Also, small pieces of plaque can break off and block small arteries in the brain. This bockage of the blood vessels can cause transient-ischemic attacks and strokes.

Carotid artery surgery - series

Indications

When the carotid arteries become blocked with cholesterol plaques (atherosclerotic plaques), blood flow to the brain is compromised. Also, small piec...

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Carotid artery surgery - series

Procedure

While you are deep asleep and pain-free, an incision is made in the neck, over the blocked carotid artery. A tube is inserted above and below the blockage to re-direct the blood flow. Fat and cholesterol build-ups are removed from the carotid artery. The artery is stitched (sutured) closed, the tube is removed, and the incision is closed.

Carotid artery surgery - series

Procedure

While you are deep asleep and pain-free, an incision is made in the neck, over the blocked carotid artery. A tube is inserted above and below the blo...

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Carotid artery surgery - series

Aftercare

A normal hospital stay is one to three days after surgery. Avoid bending the neck sharply in any direction.

Carotid artery surgery - series

Aftercare

A normal hospital stay is one to three days after surgery. Avoid bending the neck sharply in any direction.

Review Date: 6/10/2018

Reviewed By: Deepak Sudheendra, MD, FSIR, RPVI, Assistant Professor of Interventional Radiology & Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, with an expertise in Vascular Interventional Radiology & Surgical Critical Care, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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