Femoropopliteal Bypass Surgery

In this surgery, the patient's vein or an artificial tube is used to create a bypass around a blocked main leg artery. The blocked arteries in the legs are usually caused by a buildup of plaque. When this buildup occurs, it is called peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

  • Call Your Doctor

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Severe pain in the leg
    • Your leg becomes cold, pale, blue, tingly, or numb
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site

    • Nausea, vomiting, or
      constipation
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Dizziness or weakness
    • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
    • Pain, burning, urgency, frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
    • New, unexplained symptoms

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    In this surgery, the patient's vein or an artificial tube is used to create a bypass around a blocked main leg artery. The blocked arteries in the legs are usually caused by a buildup of plaque. When this buildup occurs, it is called
    peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

    Femoropopliteal Bypass Graft
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    • To restore proper blood supply to your lower leg
    • To relieve leg pain caused by a blocked artery

    • To prevent the need for
      amputation

  • Possible Complications


    If you are planning to have femoropopliteal bypass surgery, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Bleeding
    • Blood clots (such as, clots that causes blockage of bypass graft)
    • Infection
    • Adverse reaction to the anesthesia
    • Organ damage
    • Need for limb amputation
    • Heart attack
      or death

    Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.