What is carotid endarterectomy?
Carotid endarterectomy is the treatment of choice for most patients with critical carotid stenosis. Carotid endarterectomy is a procedure used to remove plaque and clots from the internal carotid arteries (located in the neck) and re-establish uninterrupted blood flow to the brain.
Endarterectomy may help prevent a stroke from occurring in persons with symptoms with a carotid artery narrowing. Selected patients without symptoms may also be candidates for carotid endarterectomy.
Johns Hopkins has among the best results in the country for surgery for carotid stenosis, with a published rate of 0.8% mortality and 1.8% morbidity.
Read an article by Drs Judy Huang and Rafael Tamargo on Selective vs. Routine Intraoperative Shunting during Carotid Endarterectomy.