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
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.