During this microsurgical procedure, a UPMC neurosurgeon removes plaque blocking the carotid artery in the neck.
Carotid endarterectomy involves a small incision in the neck, followed by dissection and localization of the carotid artery.
The artery is opened and all the "calcified fat" (atheroma) is removed from the artery to reestablish blood flow.
The neurosurgical team monitors the brain waves during surgery to make sure the brain is receiving enough blood throughout the procedure.
In some cases, instead of carotid endarterectomy, we may use one of the following minimally invasive techniques: