Carotid endarterectomy reoperations in a regional medical center

J. G. Maxwell, B. G. Maxwell, C. C. Brinker, D. L. Covington, D. Weatherford

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Large, randomized prospective clinical trials have not addressed the safety of reoperation for recurrent carotid disease. Our purpose was to determine whether outcomes for carotid endarterectomy for recurrent disease were different from those for primary or contralateral carotid endarterectomy. We reviewed all carotid endarterectomies done in our regional medical center hospital from 1979 through 1997. We analyzed 1656 primary procedures, 377 contralateral carotid procedures, and 63 reoperations. Operation for recurrent disease was done in 3 per cent of those having primary operations. Patients in the three groups did not differ significantly with regard to age, race, or sex. Seventy per cent of patients were symptomatic with transient ischemic attacks, amaurosis, and reversible ischemic neurological deficit being most prominent. There were no deaths and three strokes in the reoperation group for a combined stroke and death rate of 4.8 per cent. This was not significantly different from that of 3.2 per cent for the stroke and death rate for the primary group and 3.5 per cent for the contralateral group. Carotid endarterectomy is a safe treatment for recurrent carotid artery disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)773-780
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 29 2000

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  • Surgery


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