- Group of procedures performed by surgeons with similar skills–carotid endarterectomy–open operation to open or remove a blockage in the neck of major blood vessels (carotid arteries) going to the brain; or group of procedures performed by surgeons or other appropriately trained physicians with similar skills–carotid angioplasty--a procedure where a long tube is placed through a leg artery and is passed up to the neck and the blockage of the major neck vessel (carotid artery) is corrected with a balloon and a mesh tube is placed in the blood vessel to keep it open.
- Find the best surgeons — Checkbook has identified as having better-than-average outcomes based on analysis of more than four million surgeries done for hospital inpatients by more than 50,000 surgeons.
Carotid Endarterectomy or Angioplasty
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