Carotid Endarterectomy

During carotid endarterectomy, your surgeon: Makes a cut in your neck just below the jaw. Opens the carotid artery and carefully removes the plaque. May sew (graft) a man-made patch onto the carotid artery to widen or repair the artery. Closes the artery and skin incisions with stitches.

Carotid Endarterectomy

Carotid endarterectomy procedure

During carotid endarterectomy, your surgeon:

  • Makes a cut in your neck just below the jaw.
  • Opens the carotid artery and carefully removes the plaque.
  • May sew (graft) a man-made patch onto the carotid artery to widen or repair the artery.
  • Closes the artery and skin incisions with stitches.

Current as ofApril 9, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology

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Carotid Endarterectomy

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Carotid Endarterectomy

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