Carotid Endarterectomy

During this procedure, a surgeon removes plaque buildup in the carotid arteries in the neck to improve blood flow to the brain and reduce the risk of stroke. The surgeon makes a 4- to 5-inch incision in the neck just below the jaw and may temporarily reroute blood flow using a shunt during the procedure. The surgeon then surgically opens the clogged artery and removes plaque before removing the shunt and closing the incisions.