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If you've been scheduled for a carotid endarterectomy (CEA), you probably have some questions. Our guide offers the answers you're looking for, and helps you prepare for your operation.​

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About the Operation

What type of surgery am I having? Why do I need this surgery?

A carotid endarterectomy is a type of surgery to treat a narrowing in your carotid artery. Your carotid artery is an artery in your neck that supplies blood to your brain. When there is a build-up of plaque (hardening of the artery), this narrows the artery and increases your risk of having a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke. To decrease your risk of stroke, your surgeon makes an incision (cut) in your neck to remove the plaque and repair the artery. During your operation, you will get a general anesthetic so you are asleep and don’t feel any pain. You will also have a breathing tube in your throat to give your lungs air. In some cases, you will have a small tube in your neck area to drain any blood into a small palm-size suction bulb.

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What tests will I need before surgery?

Before your surgery, we do a complete check of your health. This may include many tests, such as carotid duplex ultrasound, and CT scan​.​

How long will I stay in the hospital?

You will be in the hospital for 1 day only. You will be discharged home the following morning. Arrange to have someone to pick you up between 10:00 am – 11:00 am the morning after surgery.​

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