The carotid arteries are located on either side of your neck. They are essential arteries for providing blood flow to the large, frontal part of the brain. However, arteries can collect plaque due to an excess build-up of fatty acids within the artery wall, causing the arteries to narrow. If such a condition occurs, it is referred to as atherosclerosis and can block the blood flow, preventing oxygen from reaching the brain and potentially leading to a stroke. If the plaque begins restricting the blood flow, a carotid endarterectomy is recommended to clear the blockage. Arizona Premier Surgery specializes in carotid endarterectomies, which involves small incisions being made in the carotid arteries, allowing the surgeon to carefully remove the plaque and permit the blood to flow smoothly from the carotid arteries to the brain.
"I was referred to Dr. Albert Amini following a ct scan. He professionally went over the results with me. His caring nature assured me that the results were probably non-evasive. He suggested a follow-up mri in 6 months. During my follow-up appointment, his caring professional demeanor asked me that son was alright. Dr. Amini sat with me, described the images of the mri, and gave me his professional opinion of the results of the scan."- H.F. / Yelp / Jan 19, 2018
"Dr. Amini is the only surgeon that I would ever use. I has performed 3 unrelated surgeries and his knowledge, skill and compassion is second to none. I feel 100% confident in the service I receive while under his care. Dr. Amini is THE BEST!"- J.B. / Healthgrades / Apr 22, 2018
"I had the Whipple procedure for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer. Dr. Amini not only has unsurpassed surgical expertise, but his bedside manner is wonderful. I felt that he explained the procedure well, and I felt he informed me and encouraged me the entire time I was in the hospital. His staff is also kind and professional. I would recommend Dr. Amini to anyone. I see many physicians, and he is by far one of the best. He is definitely NOT your average (rude) surgeon."- K.T. / Healthgrades / Mar 05, 2018
"I had recent Whipple procedure with Dr. Amini for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer. I have many physicians, and I must say Dr. Amini is now at the top of my list. He is not only an exceptional and experienced physician, but his bedside manner is unsurpassed. Surgeons generally had an abrupt manner--- not Dr. Amini. He thoroughly explained the procedure and listened and encouraged me after surgery. His staff is equally good. I would recommend Dr. Amini to anyone in need of surgery. He is awesome!"- K.T. / Yelp / Mar 05, 2018
"Dr. Amini is a fantastic surgeon. He is caring, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. He actually listens to his patients’ concerns, problems, and quality of life. Dr. Amini accessed my sister by talking to her, listening to her and doing his own hands on exam, not just basing his opinion on what was on paper. He then discussed the procedure and all possible outcomes with my sister. With this approach, he was able to help her. I would recommend him to ANY of my family and friends."- N. / Healthgrades / Feb 13, 2018
Common Reasons for Surgery
Atherosclerosis simply refers to a condition where the arteries are hardened. The most common cause of atherosclerosis is associated with the accumulation of fat or other harmful materials along the wall of the carotid arteries, usually associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or excessive tobacco use.
Clots within the carotid arteries can occur from ruptured plaques that leak proteins and cholesterol into the arteries and bloodstream, causing blockage within the wall of the artery and ultimately leading to a clot.
Inflammation in the carotid arteries can occur as a result of certain diseases such as lupus or arthritis. It can also be caused by infections, leading to inflamed carotid arteries that are unable to allow blood to travel properly to the brain.
About Carotid Endarterectomy
A carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure that relieves the blockage within the carotid artery. Performed by a skilled surgeon, the procedure involves administering a local or general anesthetic prior to the operation, followed by precise incisions along the carotid arteries, where the surgeon will then enter the arteries and remove the plaque, making it free from obstruction. The carotid arteries are then sutured or patched with a graft and the blood flow is restored.
What to Expect
A patient who obtains a standard carotid endarterectomy can expect to receive a general or local anesthetic during the 2-hour procedure. After the procedure, soreness of the neck and throat is normal and a soft diet may be recommended for a few days following the surgery. Patients can be expected to be released from the hospital within 1 – 2 days. Most patient need 2 weeks for their recovery before resuming normal activities. Adding exercise can be discussed at the patient's follow-up appointment, 4 – 6 weeks after their surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4 - 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Effective Stroke Prevention
If you are experiencing any symptoms related to atherosclerosis, such as limpness or numbness in your limbs, loss of vision, or drooping of the facial muscles, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our reputable vascular surgeons at Arizona Premier Surgery, who are equipped to detect the signs of carotid blockage and effectively reduce or prevent your risk of a stroke.