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
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
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 call line 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
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:
June 4, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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