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Stroke (cont.)

Surgery

When surgery is being considered after a stroke, your age, prior overall health, and current condition are major factors in the decision.

Surgery for ischemic stroke

If you have serious blockage in the carotid arteries in your neck, you may need a carotid endarterectomy. During this surgery, a surgeon removes plaque buildup in the carotid arteries. The benefits and risks of this surgery must be carefully weighed, because the surgery itself may cause a stroke.

Click here to view a Decision Point.Stroke: Should I Have Carotid Endarterectomy?

Surgery for hemorrhagic stroke

Treatment for hemorrhagic stroke may include surgery to:

  • Drain or remove blood that is in or around the brain.
  • Repair a brain aneurysm.
    • In an endovascular embolization, soft metal coils or mesh is inserted into the aneurysm to block it off and stop or prevent bleeding.
    • In a craniotomy, a small metal clip is placed around the base of the aneurysm to block it off. This stops the bleeding in the brain.
  • Remove or block off abnormally formed blood vessels (arteriovenous malformation) that have caused bleeding in the brain.
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