About carotid endarterectomy
A carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure to reduce the risk of ischaemic stroke by removing fatty deposits from the main arteries that supply blood to the brain.
There are two major arteries on either side of the neck known as the carotid arteries. These blood vessels play a critical role in supplying blood to the brain. Overtime, fatty deposits can build up in these arteries, narrowing the blood vessels and reducing the amount of blood that reaches the brain. An ischaemic stroke can occur if the carotid arteries become fully blocked or a piece of fatty deposit breaks off and blocks a smaller artery in the brain. A carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove fatty deposits from the walls of the carotid artery to prevent this from happening.
to read more about carotid endarterectomy on the National Neuroscience Institute’s website, our healthcare partner in Neurosurgery care.