Heart & Vascular

Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA)

Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA)

The carotid artery, located on each side of your neck brings blood to your brain and face. This artery can become partially or totally blocked by fatty material called plaque. A partial blockage or narrowing of the artery is called carotid artery stenosis. Blockage in your carotid artery can reduce the blood supply to your brain and may cause a stroke.

Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) Procedure

Your surgeon will remove the plaque inside your carotid artery through an incision (a cut) on your neck. A catheter (a flexible tube) will be placed so blood can flow through the catheter around the blocked area during surgery.

Your artery will be stitched closed after the plaque has been removed. Blood will now flow through the artery to your brain.

Your heart and brain activity will be monitored closely during your surgery.

Post Care

Your doctor may recommend that you participate in a Cardiac Rehab program following your procedure.

Carotid Endarterectomy may lower your risk of stroke, but lifestyle changes to diet and activity may be necessary to prevent stroke in the future.


Doylestown Health's fellowship-trained vascular surgeons perform Carotid Endarterectomy and other complex vascular procedures to help patients reduce their risk of stroke.

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