What is an endarterectomy for atherosclerosis/PAD/PVD?

An atherosclerosis endarterectomy is the open surgical removal of plaque from a blood vessel.

Why is this procedure performed? Why do I need this procedure?

The goal of treatment is to eliminate the build-up of plaque in your arteries.

You may need this atherosclerosis endarterectomy procedure if your arteries become too narrowed or blocked from plaque inside the artery walls. If arteries are blocked, blood cannot get through to nourish the tissues, causing the muscles of the lower extremities to cramp and lose strength. In severe cases, you may experience pain at rest or develop ulcers on your feet.

Each patient is evaluated, and treatment will be individualized for the patient's circumstances.

Where is the procedure performed and who performs this procedure?

This atherosclerosis endarterectomy procedure is performed in the hospital surgical suite by a vascular surgeon.

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