Carotid
Endarterectomy

A surgical treatment option performed
to reduce the risk of stroke

Carotid
Endarterectomy

A surgical treatment
option performed to reduce
the risk of stroke

Carotid
Endarterectomy

A surgical treatment option
performed to reduce
the risk of stroke

How Carotid Endarterectomy is Performed

Carotid endarterectomy, also known as CEA, is a surgical procedure where fatty buildup (plaque) is removed from the inside of your carotid artery to restore normal blood flow to your brain and reduce your risk of stroke. 

Risks of Carotid Endarterectomy

The risks involved in a carotid endarterectomy include a stroke during the procedure, as well as excess bleeding, infection and heart attack. Cranial nerve damage is also a risk in carotid endarterectomy that can cause issues with swallowing, speaking and sensation in the face. For patients concerned with these risks of surgery, a less invasive option such as TCAR reduces these risks and can be considered in consultation with your physician.

Less Invasive Treatment Options 

Medical Therapy

Managing your carotid artery disease with medication.

Transfemoral Carotid Artery Stenting

Carotid artery disease treated with a stent placed with access through the upper leg.

Transcarotid Artery Revascularization

Minimally invasive option to treat carotid artery disease

Insurance and Medicare Coverage for Carotid Endarterectomy

Carotid endarterectomy is typically covered by insurance. Talk to your doctor to see if this is the best treatment option for you.