Your surgeon will make an incision in your neck and remove the plaque that has built up in the carotid artery. The procedure typically lasts 2 hours.
Most people have two options regarding anesthesia, which you should discuss with your surgeon. General anesthesia temporarily puts you to sleep, while local anesthesia only numbs only the surgical area, allowing the surgeon to talk to you during the procedure.
With either type of anesthesia, you will be fully monitored with a blood pressure cuff, heart monitor and pulse oximeter (to measure oxygen levels in your blood). You’ll also receive oxygen and peripheral IVs.