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Carotid Endarterectomy

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about carotid endarterectomy (CEA)?

CEA is surgery to remove plaque (fatty deposits) from inside your carotid artery. The carotid artery is a blood vessel found on both sides of your neck. Plaque may build up inside your carotid artery and decrease blood flow to your brain. A piece of plaque may also break free and cause a stroke.

Carotid Artery

How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

Endarterectomy

What should I expect after surgery?

Healthcare providers will remove the bandage soon after surgery to check the incision. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay.

What are the risks of CEA?

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