Several types of surgery may be performed to help treat a stroke, or
help to prevent a stroke from occurring, including the following:
- Carotid Endarterectomy – Carotid endarterectomy is a
procedure used to remove plaque and clots from the carotid arteries,
located in the neck. These arteries supply the brain with blood from the
heart. Endarterectomy may help prevent a stroke from occurring.
- Craniotomy – A craniotomy is a type of surgery in the brain itself to remove blood clots or repair bleeding in the brain.
- Surgery To Repair Aneurysms and Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)
– An aneurysm is a weakened, ballooned area on an artery wall that has a
risk for rupturing and bleeding into the brain. An AVM is a congenital
(present at birth) or acquired disorder that consists of a disorderly,
tangled web of arteries and veins. An AVM also has a risk for rupturing
and bleeding into the brain. Surgery may be helpful, in this case, to
help prevent a stroke from occurring.