Artery Bypass and Valve Surgery

Overview

Definition

Femoropopliteal bypass is surgery to route blood around a blocked main leg artery. A graft is made from a vein or artificial tube. The graft makes a new path for the blood.

Femoropopliteal Bypass Graft
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Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Problems from the anesthesia
  • Blood clots
  • Damage to other organs or structures
  • Infection
  • Heart attack

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

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Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

a (Leg Artery Bypass Surgery; Femoral Popliteal Bypass;)

RESOURCES

American Heart Association http://www.heart.org 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada https://www.canada.ca 

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://www.heartandstroke.ca 

References

Femoral popliteal bypass. Stanford Health Care website. Available at: https://stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-treatments/f/femoral-popliteal-bypass.html. Accessed September 9, 2021.

Lower extremity bypass surgery. USCF Department of Surgery website. Available at: https://vascular.surgery.ucsf.edu/conditions--procedures/lower-extremity-bypass-surgery.aspx. Accessed September 9, 2021.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) of lower extremities. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/peripheral-artery-disease-pad-of-lower-extremities. Accessed September 9, 2021.

Surgical bypass. Society for Vascular Surgery website. Available at: https://vascular.org/patient-resources/vascular-treatments/surgical-bypass. Accessed September 9, 2021.

Witcher A, Axley J, et al. Implementation of an enhanced recovery program for lower extremity bypass. J Vasc Surg. 2021 Feb;73(2):554-563.