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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 significant 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 to reduce the risk of transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke. The benefits and risks of this surgery must be carefully weighed, because the surgery itself may cause a stroke. Your need to have carotid endarterectomy depends on whether you have had a TIA or stroke and how much your carotid arteries have narrowed.
Surgery for hemorrhagic stroke
Surgeries for hemorrhagic stroke include:
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