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Risks

As with all types of surgery, there are risks associated with having a carotid endarterectomy.

The 2 main risks are:

Most strokes that occur after a carotid endarterectomy are caused by an artery in the brain becoming blocked during the early postoperative period, or because there's some bleeding into the brain tissue.

This may happen if the procedure causes a blood clot to move and block an artery. Your surgical and anaesthetic team will do all they can to prevent this.

Other complications

Other possible complications after having a carotid endarterectomy include:

Your surgeon should explain the risks associated with a carotid endarterectomy before you have the procedure. 

Ask them to clarify anything you're not sure about and answer any concerns you have.

Increased risk

Factors that increase your risk of complications after having a carotid endarterectomy include: