There are two carotid arteries, one on each side of the neck. The carotid arteries are important because they carry blood to the brain. If the carotid arteries are blocked, surgeons at Jefferson will perform carotid endarterectomy to open blockages and remove plaque from the carotid arteries to treat and prevent stroke.
What Does Carotid Endarterectomy Involve?
Carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure that involves making an incision on the side of the neck over the region of the carotid artery. An incision is then made into the carotid artery and the plaque and fatty particles that are causing the narrowing are gently scraped away. The passageway is made broader and this allows for increased blood flow. The artery and the neck wound are then closed with stitches.
Whenever possible, our physicians will opt for minimally invasive carotid angioplasty to reduce complications and speed recovery time, rather than surgically remove plaque through carotid endarterectomy.
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