Southern Cross Hospital Wellington - Vascular Surgery
Private Surgical Service
Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid Endarterectomy: an incision (cut) is made along the side of the neck, the carotid artery opened and the fatty material (plaque) removed. The artery is closed with a patch.
Minimally invasive: a long thin tube (catheter) is inserted through a small incision made in the groin. The catheter is guided to the carotid artery where a balloon attached to the catheter is inflated to clear the blockage or a small metal tube (stent) is put in place to hold the blood vessel open.