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Types of Surgery to Treat or Prevent
a Stroke

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.

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