What Preoperative Tests Are Needed For Temporal Artery Ligations?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in an operation to ligate the temporal artery, I can’t find a specialist in this field in my city, maybe you know someone from Russia who does similar operations?


What studies should be done before ligating the temporal artery?

The surgeon I visited said that it was impossible to do this and directed me to do a CT scan. You write that an ultrasound is enough, which is very good, this is great news.

Does this procedure have any side effects? Could such a procedure cause high blood pressure, stroke, blindness, or baldness?

Is it possible to ligate the artery on both sides of the head?

Can I do football or bodybuilding after this?

A:In answer to your temporal artery ligation questions:

1) I know of no one in Russia or most of the rest of the world that does temporal artery ligations.

2) There are no preoperative studies needed for this procedure. (Ct scan and ultrasound provide useful information, it is a superficial artery you can see where it is)

3) There are no known adverse side effects from the procedure that have ever been seen nor would they be expected.

4) Doing the procedure on both sides of the head is common.

5) There are no physical restrictions after the surgery once one is fully healed.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon