Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a treatment for carotid artery disease that involves the surgical removal of atherosclerotic plaque from the carotid arteries. The carotid arteries are the main blood vessels that carry oxygen and blood to the brain.
In carotid artery disease, these arteries become narrowed, reducing blood flow to the brain and possibly causing a stroke.
At Northwestern Medicine, CEA is performed as an open procedure through an incision in the neck, opening up the artery to allow for normal blood flow to the brain and preventing plaque or blood clots from traveling to the brain. Most patients are discharged from the hospital the day after surgery.
View Video: Carotid Endarterectomy: This animation depicts the reasons for a carotid endarterectomy; carotid artery stenosis may cause a transient ischemic attack or a stroke. The steps involved in a carotid endarterectomy are shown.
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial HospitalGalter Pavilion, Nineteenth Floor, Suite 100675 N. Saint Clair St.Chicago, IL 60611placePhone 312.NM.HEART (664.3278)
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Central DuPage Hospital25 N. Winfield RoadWinfield, IL 60190placePhone 630.232.0280