Carotid Endarterectomy (Stroke Prevention Surgery)

Strokes may result from either blockages in the carotid artery (which supplies blood to the brain) or from bleeding within the brain itself from defects in the wall of smaller arteries within the brain.

Carotid endarterectomy is an operation that unblocks the artery in the neck to prevent clots from this site travelling up to the brain and causing strokes. It is performed to prevent a major stroke in a patient in whom the blockage has been detected as part of a screening scan for someone with underlying heart disease or who has had a minor stroke that serves as a warning sign.

Our non-invasive diagnostic laboratory offers the full range of duplex scans including studies of carotid intimal thickness (the wall of the artery) to assess stroke risk for patients with heart and peripheral arterial disease.