Peripheral bypass surgery, also called peripheral artery bypass surgery or femoral popliteal bypass, is a treatment for peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the arm or leg. It involves taking a blood vessel from another limb and creating a new path to carry blood around a blocked artery.
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Why Peripheral Artery Bypass Surgery & Femoral Popliteal Bypass are Performed
In peripheral artery disease, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) can block the arteries that supply blood to the limbs. This can result in tissue death. Doctors perform peripheral bypass surgery to restore blood flow to a limb, most commonly the leg.
In general, doctors may consider peripheral bypass surgery to treat:
- Infections or wounds in a limb that won’t heal due to poor blood flow
- Peripheral artery disease symptoms that do not improve with medicines, other surgical procedures, or other treatments
- Pain or other symptoms that interfere with your ability to perform routine tasks
What to Expect from Peripheral Bypass Surgery
Vascular surgeons perform peripheral bypass surgery in a hospital. You will receive general anesthesia or a regional nerve block. The choice depends on the exact artery needing treatment. After the procedure, you will wake up in a recovery area. The procedure usually requires a hospital stay of one to two days either in a regular hospital room or an intensive care unit.
Peripheral bypass surgery carries certain risks, including excessive bleeding, post-operative blood clots, and pain. You should discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with your doctor. You also should ask about ways to reduce your risk of complications.
Peripheral Bypass Surgery Recovery at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Before you go home, you will receive instructions about activities, medications, and follow-up appointments. We also offer a range of support services including wellness education and fitness, nutrition, and smoking cessation classes.
You may need to keep the affected arm or leg raised and limit how much you walk. Your care team will make sure you understand what to do. You should report any unusual symptoms immediately. This includes sudden swelling of the limb, numbness or coolness in the limb, difficulty breathing, or fever.
Peripheral bypass surgery can potentially reduce or eliminate the pain you were experiencing. It can also make it easier to perform everyday activities. Your affected arm or leg should be healthier and less prone to infection due to the increased flow of oxygen-rich blood.
The doctors at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican are highly trained in a variety of cardiac surgical procedures, including peripheral artery bypass surgery, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.