What is postoperative care following CEA for atherosclerotic disease of the carotid artery?

Updated: Feb 21, 2019
  • Author: Jake F Hemingway, MD; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Postoperatively, a complete blood count (CBC) is obtained, electrolyte concentrations assessed, and ECG performed. Hemodynamic monitoring is instituted, with a focus on maintaining the patient’s blood pressure at its preoperative range. The patient is observed for the formation of a hematoma that may compromise the airway. Antiplatelet therapy is necessary.

Patients are evaluated 2 weeks postoperatively for wound or neurologic complications. Carotid duplex US is performed after 6 months and annually thereafter.


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