Find out about carotid endarterectomy and when it is necessary. Carotid endarterectomy is a procedure which unblocks a carotid artery. The carotid arteries are the primary blood vessels that provide blood to the head and neck.

The operation - the anaesthetic

Carotid endarterectomy can be done with either local or general anaesthetic.  Not all instances are appropriate for regional anaesthetic and not all places are able to offer the service.  Your surgeon will guide you as to which means of anaesthetic you will be offered.

For a general anaesthetic, a small needle is placed in your hand. The anaesthetic is injected via the needle and you will be sleeping within a few seconds.


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