An aortobifemoral bypass is surgery to redirect blood around
narrowed or blocked blood vessels in your belly or groin. The surgery is done to increase
blood flow to the legs. This may allow you to walk farther.
doctor used a man-made blood vessel, called a graft, to bypass the narrowed or blocked
blood vessels. The graft will carry blood from the aorta to the femoral artery
in each thigh. The aorta is the large blood vessel that carries blood from the
heart to the blood vessels in the belly. The femoral arteries are large blood
vessels that carry blood from the blood vessels in the belly to the
You can expect your belly and groin to be sore for several
You will probably feel more tired than usual for several
weeks after surgery. You may be able to do many of your usual activities after
4 to 6 weeks. But you will probably need 2 to 3 months to fully recover,
especially if you usually do a lot of physical activities.
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 feel 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 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:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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