Carotid Endarterectomy

Carotid endarterectomy procedure

During carotid endarterectomy, your surgeon:

  • Makes a cut in your neck just below the jaw.
  • Opens the carotid artery and carefully removes the plaque.
  • May sew (graft) a man-made or tissue patch onto the carotid artery to help close the cut.
  • Closes the artery and skin incisions with stitches.

Current as of: January 10, 2022

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