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I'm due to have surgery on my carotid artery.

Tags: Stroke

Whilst having surgery on a carotid artery would the surgeon be aware and could anything be done to limit the damage?

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In the UK we are very lucky to have a healthcare system that only allows fully qualified doctors to practise medicine. A surgeon performing complex operations (such as one involving a carotid artery) would need to spend many years in training before they would be allowed to perform this type of operation. That involves knowing all about any potential risks involved, so that they can aim to limit damage at all costs.

It is always worth asking the surgeon about any fears or concerns you may have before an operation, so you can gain trust and confidence. Your surgeon should be able to give you the exact figures of complication rates, and explain how many times they have performed the operation in the past.

Answered by Emmajane down.


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