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What Does Head & Neck,
Vascular Surgery Involve?

Head, neck, and vascular surgery involve a comprehensive range of procedures to address conditions affecting the blood vessels, head, and neck. Some treatments include neck dissection for tumor removal from the carotid sheath and managing conditions like carotid body and glomus vagale tumors. Dr. Lekovic specializes in this field and is experienced in performing precise carotid neck surgery in Los Angeles, including vertebral artery transposition, carotid endarterectomy, and more. His expertise ensures optimal patient outcomes and comprehensive care.

Doctor seeing lady who needs carotid neck surgery in Los Angeles.

Types Of Head, Neck, and Vascular Surgeries

Neck dissection for removal of tumors of the carotid sheath
Neck dissection is a surgical procedure used to remove tumors of the carotid sheath, such as carotid body tumors, glomus vagale tumors, and vagus nerve schwannomas. The procedure involves carefully dissecting the structures of the neck to gain access to the tumor and surrounding tissues. It aims to remove the tumor while preserving important nerves and blood vessels. In some cases, a vagal nerve stimulator may be implanted to help manage certain conditions like epilepsy or depression.

Carotid endarterectomy

Carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove plaque buildup from the carotid arteries located in the neck and supply blood to the brain. The procedure involves an incision in the neck, accessing the carotid artery, and carefully removing the plaque. This helps to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of stroke. Carotid endarterectomy is typically recommended for patients with significant carotid artery stenosis or narrowing. Dr. Gregory Lekovic is a top neurosurgeon, highly skilled and experienced in carotid neck surgery in Los Angeles.

Vertebral artery transposition

Vertebral artery transposition is a surgical procedure that involves repositioning the vertebral artery to prevent compression or reduce the risk of complications. The vertebral artery supplies blood to the brainstem and cerebellum. In cases of vascular compression or when the artery is vulnerable to injury, transposition is performed to reposition it away from the surrounding structures, ensuring proper blood flow and minimizing the risk of neurological issues or strokes.

What Is The Recovery Like?

The recovery after head, neck, and vascular surgeries can vary depending on the specific procedure performed and the patient’s health. Generally, patients can expect some post-operative discomfort and may need to stay in the hospital for a few days for monitoring. Swelling, bruising, and limited mobility in the treated area are common initially. Full recovery may take several weeks, during which patients will be advised to follow specific post-operative care instructions and attend follow-up appointments with Dr. Lekovic.

Doctor taking notes before carotid neck surgery in Los Angeles.

Conditions Treated:

These are just some conditions treated with head and neck and vascular surgery. For a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan, it is best to consult with Dr. Gregory Lekovic, who is experienced in managing complex cases with successful outcomes of specialized procedures such as carotid neck surgery in Los Angeles.

  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Aneurysms
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)
  • Brainstem Cavernous Malformations
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Carotid Body Tumor
  • Cavernous Sinus Tumors
  • Cholesterol Granuloma
  • Cranial Nerve Schwannoma
  • Cranial and Skull Base Meningioma
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Eagle Syndrome
  • Glomus Jugulare Tumor
  • Glomus Vagale Tumor
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Pituitary Adenoma
  • Schwannoma
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency

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Dr. Lekovic and his team are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for various neurological conditions. If you or a loved one are experiencing neurological symptoms or need evaluation and treatment, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. Dr. Lekovic’s expertise in brain, spinal, peripheral nerve, cerebrovascular, and skull base surgery ensures personalized and effective care. Don’t hesitate to contact our office to arrange an appointment and discuss your medical needs with Dr. Lekovic.

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