After carotid artery surgery, most people can resume exercising at around 4 weeks, according to the National Institutes of Health. The exact amount of time depends on what the doctor recommends.
For people who had the surgery without complications, it is normal to return to regular activities within 3 to 4 weeks. Everyday activities, such as making meals or cleaning lightly, can be started as soon as the person feels up to it.
Carotid artery surgery consists of a doctor opening the artery and cleaning it to ensure it is free of plaque. If needed, a stent can be placed inside the artery to keep it from becoming blocked.