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After Carotid Endarterectomy: In the Hospital

After surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area. Later, you may be moved to a regular hospital room where you’ll stay for a day or two. In many cases, you can go home after one night.

The First Few Hours

You’ll be in a recovery area or the intensive care unit for the first few hours after surgery. Any anesthesia you had will wear off quickly. Try not to move your head. It’s normal to feel some discomfort near the incision. But medicine will help you feel better. You’ll also have an IV to provide you with fluids. Your blood pressure, breathing, and other vital signs will be closely watched. Your loved ones may be able to visit with you soon.


As You Regain Strength

You may be moved to another hospital room within a few hours. Expect to be up and walking again within 24 hours. If you had a drain, it will be removed by a doctor or nurse the day after surgery. Most patients spend at least one night in the hospital. You can go home when your doctor says it’s okay. Have an adult family member or friend drive you home.


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