Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) has been used since the 1950’s and is one of the most evaluated procedures in history. In simple terms, we open up the carotid artery and remove the plaque from the inside of the artery. We then patch the hole closed again.
Usually we do this under a general anesthetic, although we can do it with local anesthesia as well. The procedure requires a small incision on the side of the neck, and patients will generally be able to go home the following day.