Carotid endarterectomy

HEAD AND NECK CAROTID ARTERY SURGERY

 

Carotid surgery can be carried out by HCA UK’s experts to unblock the carotid artery to restore blood flow

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What is a carotid endarterectomy?

Carotid surgery (carotid endarterectomy) is a surgical procedure to remove a build-up of fatty deposits, which cause a narrowing of a carotid artery in the neck.

This surgery may be needed if conditions affecting the neck, such as carotid artery disease or stenosis of the carotid artery, narrow the main artery that leads to your brain from your neck restricting the blood flow and oxygen within the body.

The aim of carotid surgery is to open or clean the carotid artery with the goal of preventing complications in the future such as a stroke.

Need to know

Carotid surgery usually takes one to two hours and is carried out under general or local anaesthetic. During surgery, your surgeon will decide whether to use a temporary shunt (hollow tube) to maintain adequate blood flow to the brain. When the surgeon has accessed your artery, it is clamped to stop the blood flowing and an opening is made across the length of the narrowing. If a shunt is to be used, it will be inserted. The surgeon removes the inner lining of the narrowed section of your artery, with any fatty deposits or plaque. Once the narrowing has been removed, the artery opening will either be closed with stitches or a special patch.

Before your treatment, your consultant will carefully explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you might have. The procedure itself may be carried out with a local anaesthetic or you may have a general anaesthetic. You may be asked to avoid eating or drinking a few hours before the procedure. As with all surgery, there may be some risks or side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

You will be moved to the recovery area, where you'll be looked after by our team of consultants and nurse specialists. You may have some discomfort in your neck where the cut was made but this will be controlled with painkillers.

You may also experience some numbness around the wound, which disappears after a while. Most people can eat and drink a few hours after surgery and are usually able to leave hospital within 48 hours. The majority of people are able to drive two to three weeks afterwards and can return to work after three or four weeks.

Carotid endarterectomy Consultants

Professor Vassilis Hadjianastassiou

Professor Vassilis Hadjianastassiou

General Surgery

Mr Mohamed Abdelhamid

Mr Mohamed Abdelhamid

General Surgery

Mr Mital Desai

Mr Mital Desai

General Surgery

Mr Pranav Somaiya

Mr Pranav Somaiya

Vascular Surgery

Our Carotid endarterectomy locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
Private Care at Guy's

Private Care at Guy's

London Bridge Hospital Private Care at Guy's SE1 9RT London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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