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Peripheral artery bypass surgery is a cardiology procedure to treat severe peripheral artery disease (PAD). Peripheral artery bypass restores blood flow to the legs by using a graft to reroute blood around a blockage in your artery.
Depending on where your artery is blocked, there are two different types of peripheral bypasses your surgeon may decide on:
During the surgery, a graft is stitched into the artery above and below the blockage. This creates a new passage for blood flow. The blocked section of the artery is usually not removed. After the graft is in place, the incisions in the skin are closed with stitches or staples.
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The bypass is done with a graft, a special tube that reroutes blood around a blockage. The grafts carry blood from the femoral artery in your thigh to an artery further down your leg.
There are two types of grafts:
Some risks and complications of peripheral arterial bypass surgery are: