Carotid Endarterectomy and Infected Dacron patch

Posted by kob7 @kob7, Oct 4, 2021

I had a seizure in 2009 where they found a 80 % blockage and a Carotid Endarterectomy was performed.

12 years later – I had no idea this was even possible.

I am trying to find anyone who has dealt with a infected patch of Carotid Artery. I had a sinus form the end of 2020 and seen vascular surgeon in January 2021, he rushed CT( it was done 2 days later ) and it came back with more than 70% blockage again. Then sent for tagged WBC scan ( white blood cell ) and positive for infected patch. Cardiovascular surgeon wanted to try antibiotics first as he said surgery was a great risk. Infectious disease specialist has been involved since end of January. I have been on 5 antibiotics a day ever since. . Surgeon now is ready to do surgery replacing carotid with saphenous vein and says risk is less than 1 %. I am not sure what to think or do at this point. I understand connect is not for medical advice, just trying to find someone who has even heard of this. I have done a lot of research since first diagnose in January 2021. I do understand it's a rare occurrence between 0.25% to 0.50%.
I am not that good with computers but have found many articles about this, but I am sure there are plenty more out there.

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Hello @kob7 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You have had quite a journey so far and I don't blame you for wanting to connect with others as you walk into this next chapter of your care.

Members such as @tskeane and @starfirey2k have mentioned experience with endarterectomies and may be able to share more with you. @jakedduck1 may also be a good resource as he has experience with seizures.

What articles have you found that you could share and when is your surgeon is proposing you undergo the procedure?

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Sorry to hear about your dilemma with your surgery, as mentioned I did have an carotid endarterectomy done in June of 2020, I had a very trusted vascular surgeon do the procedure, and he used a "bovine patch" on the removed section of my artery. thankfully it all went very well for me, never had a negative moment of after effects as of today. I am doing very well. if there is anything I can help you with please feel free to contact me. I would be thinking about a second opinion on this next step. praying all goes well for you. not sure of your location, if in Florida I could recommend a vascular surgeon keep us posted.

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