After the procedure you will be
taken to the recovery room. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and
you are alert, you may be taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) or your hospital
At the appropriate time, you will be
helped out of bed to walk around as you can handle it.
If a drainage tube was placed in the
incision during the procedure, your healthcare provider will likely remove it the next
You will be offered solid foods as
you can handle them.
Take a pain reliever as recommended
by your healthcare provider. Aspirin or certain other pain medicines may increase the
chance of bleeding. Be sure to take only recommended medicines.
Your healthcare provider may
schedule you for follow-up duplex ultrasound procedures to monitor the carotid arteries in
Generally, you can go home within 1
to 2 days after a carotid endarterectomy.