Search the Health Library
Get the facts on diseases, conditions, tests and procedures.
I Want To...
Find a Doctor
I Want To...
Find Research Faculty
Enter the last name, specialty or keyword for your search below.
Carotid Artery Endarterectomy and Stenting
Carotid Artery Endarterectomy or Carotid Stenting are used to treat Carotid Artery Disease.
Carotid Artery Endarterectomy is usually performed as follows:
- This surgery can be performed using a local or general anesthetic.
- Your vascular surgeon makes an incision in the neck and then removes the plaque contained in the inner lining of your carotid artery. This procedure leaves a smooth, wide-open artery.
- You may be able to leave the hospital as early as the same day or the day after the procedure, depending upon how you feel.
This procedure is safe and effective and patients usually require no further treatment.
Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting
- This surgery is usually performed using local anesthesia and minimal sedation.
- A catheter will be inserted through the femoral artery and threaded to the carotid artery.
- Angiplasty and stenting will be performed to reduce the blockage. This is done with the use of a small balloon device.
How long does it take to recover?
You may be able to leave the hospital as early as the same day or the day after the procedure, depending how you feel.