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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.
In the weeks before your operation, you will have a pre-admission appointment. This appointment could take 2 to 4 hours.
Pre-Admission Clinic at
Toronto General HospitalEaton Building – Ground Floor, Room 400
What should I bring to my pre-admission appointment?
What happens during my pre-admission visit?
Depending on your needs, you may also meet:
The day before your surgery
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What Should I do the day of my surgery
Arrive 2 hours before your scheduled operation time.
Surgical Admission Unit (SAU) at
Toronto General HospitalPeter Munk Building – 2nd FloorAll hospital entrances are open by 6:00 am. However, Elizabeth St. and University Ave. are easiest to access.
After your surgery, you will go to the Vascular Step-Down Unit, located in the CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit) for 1 night.
What can I expect to have on my body?
You will be attached to some or all of these machines and tubes:
You will continue to recover when you return home.
Where and when
About 1 week after your discharge, you will follow-up with your family doctor.
About 4 to 6 weeks after your operation, you will follow-up with your surgeon's office.
Who do I call with general post-operative questions?
For non-emergency questions, call one of the Vascular Surgery Nurses below.
Sue DeVries, Nurse Practitioner416 340 4266
Cindy Dickson, Vascular Clinic Nurse416 340 3857
do not call these nurses to book appointments.
Call your surgeon's office:
Dr. John ByrnePhone: 416 340 3996
Dr. Thomas Forbes
Phone: 416 340 3274
Dr. Kathryn HowePhone: 416 340 5193
Dr. Thomas LindsayPhone: 416 340 4620
Dr. George OreopoulosPhone: 416 340 3275
Dr. Graham Roche-NaglePhone: 416 340 5332
Dr. Barry RubinPhone: 416 340 3645
Who do I call if I experience complications
Go to the hospital nearest emergency room if you have:
Call your surgeon's office if you notice the following symptoms: