The researchers analyzed the outcomes of 12,725 carotid endarterectomies
performed by 532 surgeons over a recent two-year period in Pennsylvania.
Industry sources estimate that approximately 100,000 carotid endarterectomies
are performed in the United States each year.
That study suggested that only about one-third of the carotid endarterectomies
were being done for clearly appropriate indications (Winslow, Solomon, Chassin, et al.
The NIH reports that more than 100,000 endarterectomies
are performed in the U.
More than two-thirds of the carotid endarterectomies
performed in the United States are performed on patients who are asymptomatic.
EEG has been considered by many to be the 'gold standard' for neurological monitoring during carotid endarterectomies
," said Bruce Barrett, Somanetics' president and chief executive officer.
In the April 7 Circulation, Roubin and his colleagues report that, compared to carotid endarterectomies
, stents halved the complication rates in most high-risk patients and reduced even further the problems encountered by those who had very large blockages.
This procedure is most commonly performed on the elderly; about three-quarters of all endarterectomies
in 1990 were provided to Medicare patients (Graves 1992).
Approximately 167,000 carotid endarterectomies
are performed each year in the United States.
There are over 135,000 carotid endarterectomies
performed in the United States each year.