Artery Bypass and Valve Surgery



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



This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

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


American Heart Association 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 


Health Canada 

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada 


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