Neurosurgeons are trained as both brain and spine surgeons. They are the only physicians who surgically treat the brain and the entire spine; including the spinal cord and nerves.Learn more...
This surgical procedure is performed to remove plaque from the carotid arteries that supply oxygen to the brain. Plaque is a build-up of cholesterol, calcium and other fibrous tissues that can form in a blood vessel and prevent the proper flow of blood. Severe plaque in the carotid arteries can cause a major stroke.