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Carotid Endarterectomy

Carotid Endarterectomy

Why is the doctor performing this surgery?

To remove plaque buildup (Atherosclerosis) in the carotid arteries, which supply the brain with vital oxygen and nutrients. Removing this plaque can ultimately prevent a Stroke.

What is the surgery?

CEA is neck surgery to strip the inner lining of a carotid artery of obstructive plaque. The surgeon first makes an incision in the neck to access the narrowed carotid artery. Then the artery is opened and the plaque is removed. Finally, the artery is sutured back together. Once the plaque is removed, the artery diameter is wider, and blood can flow to brain tissue freely.

Where is the surgery performed?

In the Operating Room (OR), under general anesthesia.

How long does this surgery take?

Carotid Endarterectomy usually takes 1-2 hours.


Carotid angioplasty and stenting is performed in the cardiac catheterization lab at St. Mary  for patients eligible for this alternative treatment to surgery. Your physician can discuss treatment options with you.