You will lie flat on a table. A roll will be placed under your shoulder. Your head will be turned to the side. A cut in the skin will be made along the side of the neck. The cut will run from just behind the ear to a point above the breastbone. Clamps will be placed above and below the plaque on the carotid artery. In some cases, a temporary bypass tube will be used to maintain blood flow around the area that is being operated on.
The artery will be opened and cleaned of plaque. The artery will then be sewn back together. The clamps (and bypass tube, if used) will then be removed. The doctor may need to remove a section of the carotid artery. In this case, an artificial graft or a segment of vein will be sewn in to replace it. The neck incision will be closed with stitches.
Immediately After Procedure
The doctor may do an
arteriogram. This is to ensure that there are no complications, such as blood clots or narrowing. You may be given medicine to help prevent blood clotting.
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain during the procedure. You will be given medicine to help manage any pain.
Average Hospital Stay
The usual length of stay is 1-3 days. Your doctor may choose to keep you longer if complications arise.
The average recovery time is two weeks. When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Keep your neck straight. Keep the head of your bed elevated during recovery.
Take medicines as prescribed by your doctor. Anticoagulants will help to prevent blood clots. Prescription and nonprescription pain relievers will help with any discomfort.
Resume your daily activities as soon as you are able.
Do not drive for three weeks after surgery or until your doctor says it okay.
Avoid vigorous exercise for six weeks after surgery.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a