Stroke prevention surgery (carotid endarterectomy)

Stroke prevention surgery

Carotid endarterectomy involves the removal of fatty deposits blocking the carotid arteries in the neck, which supplies blood to the brain. This is done to reduce the risk of having a stroke.

Symptoms may present themselves in the form of a stroke or a ministroke, and at this point you may be referred for the operation, if the cause of your stroke was blocked arteries. In others, the procedure is used as a preventative method before a stroke has occurred.

What does this involve?

During surgery, an incision will be made in your neck in order to reach the carotid artery. The artery will be clamped so that no blood flows through it, and an incision will be made into the artery. The fatty deposits can then be removed and the artery and neck can be closed up.

When will I recover?

You may have to stay in hospital for up to two days, but you will be independent when you get home. It will however take up to sx weeks to fully recover from the operation. The area of incision is likely to feel sore for a week or two.