Carotid-Artery-Surgery-Riverside

Overview of Carotid Artery Surgery

Carotid artery surgery is a highly specialized procedure designed to address conditions affecting the carotid arteries, major blood vessels in the neck responsible for supplying blood to the brain. The surgery primarily focuses on reducing the risk of stroke by addressing the buildup of plaque within these crucial arteries.

A common condition leading to carotid artery surgery is atherosclerosis, where fatty deposits, cholesterol, and other substances accumulate, forming plaque on the artery walls. Over time, this plaque can narrow or block the carotid arteries, restricting blood flow to the brain and increasing the risk of stroke.

Why It’s Done

Carotid artery surgery is typically performed for the following reasons:

  • Stroke Prevention: The primary goal is to reduce the risk of stroke by removing or stabilizing plaque buildup in the carotid arteries.
  • Management of Symptoms: Surgery may be recommended to alleviate symptoms such as transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) or mini-strokes.
  • Prevention of Further Complications: Addressing carotid artery issues helps prevent the progression of vascular diseases and related complications.

How to Prepare for Carotid Artery Surgery

Proper preparation is crucial for a successful carotid artery surgery. Follow these guidelines:

  • Consultation: Schedule a thorough consultation with our vascular surgery team to discuss the procedure, potential risks, and expected outcomes.
  • Medical Evaluation: Complete all required medical evaluations and tests to ensure you are in optimal health for the surgery.
  • Preoperative Instructions: Follow any preoperative instructions provided by your surgeon, including fasting and medication guidelines.

What to Expect

Understanding what to expect during carotid artery surgery can alleviate concerns and ensure a smoother experience. The procedure involves:

  • Anesthesia: You will be administered anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free during the surgery.
  • Incision: The surgeon will make an incision in the neck to access the carotid artery.
  • Plaque Removal or Stent Placement: Depending on the procedure, the surgeon will either remove plaque from the artery or place a stent to keep the artery open.

Postoperative Care

The postoperative period is critical for a successful recovery. Follow these guidelines:

  • Monitoring: Regularly monitor the surgical site for any signs of infection, excessive swelling, or unusual changes.
  • Medication: Take prescribed medications as directed to manage pain and prevent infection.
  • Follow-up Appointments: Attend follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and discuss any concerns with your vascular surgery team.

With locations in Riverside, Redlands, San Bernardino, Corona, Barstow and Eastvale, California, our experienced vascular surgeons are dedicated to providing specialized care for optimal outcomes in carotid artery surgery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a healthier vascular system and reduced stroke risk.

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