The carotid arteries are located on either side of the neck and are necessary for pumping blood into the brain. When one or both become clogged, sometimes with a fatty substance called plaque (the blood is constricted because the vein has become narrow), sometimes by a floating blood clot that stops up a smaller vein, and sometimes a combination of the two (a clot attaches itself to the plaque wall). Whether the blood supply to the brain becomes inadequate because of embolism (“emboli”, bits of plaque that break off and travel to the brain), stenosis (narrowing of the vein) or by blood clot, brain tissue dies and stroke occurs. In order to prevent that from happening, it becomes necessary to clear the artery.
Endarterectomy Surgery – CEA
There are two choices to clearing a carotid artery: surgery or stents (angioplasty). The surgical procedure to fix this delicate and dangerous condition, called carotid endarterectomy (CEA), demands the highly trained skills of the professional team of Florida heart surgeons at Ocala Heart Institute. Our united team approach assures you that some of the most gifted medical minds are focused on your individual medical emergency. Our Venice and Stuart locations have earned the designation of “Top 50 of Heart Care” through success and experience.
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Using the very latest in cutting edge technology for operating in this critical area that tolerates no mistakes, the surgeon first prepares a temporary shunt for blood flow, then clamps the internal, common and external carotid arteries, opens the lumen (also known as “endothelium”, it refers to the inner surface) of the internal carotid artery, and removes the atheromatous plaque substance. The overlying layers of the artery are then closed and the recovery process begins. While in the hospital, one or more members of our team will check on you daily to examine you and monitor your progress.
Consult with our Florida Vascular Surgeons & Cardiologists
Carotid revascularization endarterectomy requires a skillful and experienced surgeon. At Florida’s Ocala Heart Institute you’ll find an entire team of medical professionals to guide you step by step through the process from pre-surgery preparations to final recovery.