The wound on your neck will be closed with stitches, which may need to be removed at a later date.
Your surgeon will also be able to give you advice about caring for your wound. This will usually be a simple matter of keeping it clean using mild soap and warm water.
You may be left with a small scar running from the angle of your jaw to the top of your breastbone.
The scar is usually about 7 to 10cm (2.5 to 4 inches) long and fades to a fine line after 2 or 3 months.
Your GP will be able to advise you about when it's safe to drive after surgery, usually when you can safely carry out an emergency stop. For most people, this is between 2 to 3 weeks after the operation.
If you have fully recovered, you don't need to inform the DVLA unless you drive a lorry or a bus for a living.
Work and exercise
Most people are able to return to work 3 to 4 weeks after having a carotid endarterectomy. Your surgeon or GP will be able to advise you further about returning to work.
Being active can help your recovery, but you shouldn't overdo it. Your surgeon can advise you about how much exercise you can do, and may recommend that you limit physical activity for a few weeks after having surgery.
This includes manual labour and playing sports. If your job involves manual labour, you should only perform light duties until you have fully recovered.