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Carotid Endarterectomy Surgery (CEA)

Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers represent patients like you who have suffered injuries due to medical mistakes made by doctors, nurses, and hospitals. Many of these injuries are very serious, often requiring extensive medical treatment and the need for additional surgeries. When a medical error causes a death, it can give rise to a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit.

There are risks involved in every medical procedure and not all poor results are due to medical malpractice. A lawsuit can only be filed when there is a medical error or mistake that caused your injury.

Carotid Endarterectomy Procedure

Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a surgical procedure used to prevent stroke, by correcting stenosis in the carotid artery. Endarterectomy is the removal of material on the inside (end-) of an artery.

In endarterectomy, the surgeon simply opens the artery and removes the plaque. A newer procedure, endovascular angioplasty and stenting, threads a catheter up from the groin, around the aortic arch, and up the carotid artery. The catheter uses a balloon to expand the artery, and inserts a stent to hold the artery open. Although the guidelines describe carotid artery stenting as experimental and recommend that it be used only in clinical trials, many doctors perform this procedure outside of trials. In the early trials, carotid artery stenting caused more strokes and deaths than carotid endarterectomy, and the trials were stopped. More recently, the SAPPHIRE trial concluded that carotid artery stenting was not inferior to carotid endarterectomy after 3 years.However, Cambria concluded that the study was not sufficiently powered to detect differences in stroke and death, and final conclusions must await larger trials.Other trials are underway.

Risks of Carotid Endarterectomy Procedures

The most common risks of a Carotid Endarterectomy procedure are:

  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Stroke
  • Nerve injury causing mouth, throat, or tongue problems
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Death

Although these are common risks, they may also be the result of medical negligence. Our experience medical malpractice lawyers will review your medical chart and determine whether your injury was the result of negligent treatment or just a normal risk or complication of your procedure.

Contact a Michigan Carotid Endarterectomy Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you suspect that you or a family member have been the victim of medical malpractice from a carotid endarterectomy, you should contact our office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time limitations for filing medical malpractice cases in Michigan and if you wait too long, your case may be barred forever. Call us now at (800) 606-1717.

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