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Femoropopliteal bypass surgery is used to bypass diseased blood vessels above or below the knee. Your doctor used something called a graft to make the blood go around (bypass) the blocked part of your blood vessel.
You will have some pain from the cuts (incisions) the doctor made. This usually gets better after about 1 week. Your doctor will give you pain medicine for this. You can expect your leg to be swollen at first. This is a normal part of recovery and may last 2 or 3 months.
You will have stitches or staples in the incisions. If you have stitches, they may dissolve on their own. Or your doctor may take them out 7 to 14 days after your surgery.
You will need to take it easy for 2 to 6 weeks at home. It may take 6 to 12 weeks to fully recover.
After surgery, blood may flow better throughout your leg, which can decrease leg pain, numbness, and cramping. You will need to have regular checkups with your doctor to make sure the graft is working.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 29, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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