Carotid Disease Rehabilitation

You may require a short stay in the intensive care unit for monitoring of vital signs, but often will be able to return to the ward after the operation. A small plastic drain will have been placed after your procedure to drain any fluid that may accumulate from the wound.You can eat and drink and walk as normal after this procedure. You will undergo some post-operative checks with your neurologist before being discharged, usually 1-2 days after the operation. It is important to note that if you had neurological symptoms before the procedure, they will probably not have changed - this procedure is to prevent further strokes rather than to reverse damage that may have already been done. All patients that have had a stroke will be assessed to see if they will benefit from structured rehabilitation, which can be tailored for the individual.

After discharge you will be invited to come for a follow-up appointment after 4-6 weeks. You will be prescribed some new medicines to manage your cardiovascular risk profile before you go home. You may find you need some help doing normal activities for a week or two, and you should have someone around the house for support for the first few days at least.

The stiches that are used to close the wound are usually dissolvable meaning you do not need to worry about having them removed. Serious complications are infrequent, but include bleeding requiring re-operation, stroke, heart attack and damage to the nerves affecting the voice, tongue movements or sensation to the face.