It can feel overwhelming if you’ve been told you have plaque buildup in your carotid arteries. Plaque can restrict blood flow to your brain, increasing your risk of stroke. However, a carotid endarterectomy for plaque buildup can help.

Let’s explore how this procedure works and why it might be the right choice for you.

What Is a Carotid Endarterectomy?

A carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure designed to remove plaque from the carotid arteries in your neck. These arteries are vital as they supply blood to your brain.

Over time, plaque—a mix of fat, cholesterol, and other substances—can build up, narrowing these arteries and potentially leading to serious health issues.

How Does the Procedure Work?

During a carotid endarterectomy:

  • Anesthesia: You will receive local or general anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free.
  • Incision: The surgeon makes a small incision in the front of your neck to reach the carotid artery.
  • Plaque Removal: The surgeon carefully removes the plaque buildup from the artery walls.
  • Artery Repair: The artery is then stitched up or patched to ensure smooth blood flow.
  • Closure: Finally, the incision is closed with sutures.

The entire procedure usually takes a few hours, and most patients can go home within a day or two.

Benefits of a Carotid Endarterectomy

Choosing a carotid endarterectomy has several benefits, such as:

  • Reduced Stroke Risk: By removing plaque, the procedure significantly lowers your stroke chances.
  • Improved Blood Flow: With clearer arteries, blood can flow more freely to your brain, enhancing overall brain function.
  • Long-Term Health: This procedure can help maintain your cardiovascular health and prevent further complications.

Schedule a Carotid Endarterectomy Consultation in Long Island, NY

If you’re dealing with carotid artery plaque buildup and considering a carotid endarterectomy, we’re here to help. Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center offers expert care in Port Jefferson Station, Hauppauge, and Riverhead, NY. Contact us at (631) 476-9100 to schedule a consultation. Our highly experienced medical team will provide exceptional care in a state-of-the-art facility. Take control of your health today and reduce your stroke risk with a carotid endarterectomy. We look forward to supporting you on your journey to better health.

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