Endarterectomy

SURGERY TO REMOVE THE BUILD UP OF FATTY DEPOSITS IN THE ARTERY


Vascular surgery that helps prevent strokes and improve blood flow

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What is an endarterectomy?

A carotid endarterectomy involves removing a calcified build-up (plaque) on the inner wall of an artery to help prevent strokes and improve blood flow in narrowed arteries.

It's usually carried out on the arteries of the lower limbs but can be performed on any artery.

Need to know

An endarterectomy can be carried out under general or local anaesthetic. If you have a general anaesthetic, you'll be asleep. Local anaesthetic numbs the affected area. For a carotid endarterectomy, your surgeon makes a cut in your neck. For a femoral endarterectomy, they make a cut in your groin. Once they access your artery, they close off the blood flow and cut into the place where it has narrowed. They then remove the inner lining and fatty deposits. Your artery will be closed with stitches or a special patch.

Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved in an endarterectomy. Your consultant will take the time to explain these to you and answer any questions you have. They'll tell you how to prepare and if you're having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long to avoid eating and drinking before your procedure.

You'll be cared for in hospital overnight or until your consultant thinks you're well enough to go home. You won't be able to drive so please arrange for someone to collect you. You'll probably feel sore for a few days pain relief may help with this. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine including driving, work and exercise.

Hospital stay and procedure

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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 Endarterectomy locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London
The Wilmslow Hospital

The Wilmslow Hospital

52-54 Alderley Road SK9 1NY Wilmslow

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