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Femoropopliteal Bypass Surgery
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is 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).

Femoropopliteal Bypass Graft
Femoropopliteal Bypass Graft
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  • 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 (eg, 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.

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...