Carotid endarterectomy with regional anesthesia

Robert E. Harbaugh, Harold J. Pikus

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Abstract

THE SENIOR AUTHOR (REH) has changed his technique for performing carotid endarterectomy from the use of general anesthesia to the use of cervical block anesthesia. Because a randomized study was not performed, it is difficult to separate effects of increased surgical experience from those caused by a change in anesthetic regimen. Nonetheless, there has been a substantial decrease in complications, length of hospital stay, and costs concomitant with the change to regional anesthesia; we think there is a causal relationship (11). The use of cervical block anesthesia has practically eliminated the non-stroke-related complications associated with carotid endarterectomy in our practice. The technique for performing carotid endarterectomy under cervical block anesthesia is described in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-645
Number of pages4
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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