An aortobifemoral bypass is surgery to redirect blood flow around
blocked blood vessels in your belly or groin area. The surgery is done to
increase blood flow to the legs. This may allow you to walk farther.
The doctor will use a man-made blood vessel, called a graft, to bypass
the blocked blood vessels. The graft will carry blood from the aorta to the
femoral artery in the groin area of 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 legs.
The doctor will make a cut
(incision) in your belly. He or she will also make an incision in the groin
area of each upper thigh. The doctor will put the graft in your belly through
the incisions. Then he or she will connect the graft to the aorta and the
femoral arteries. After the graft is in place, the doctor will close the
incisions in your skin with stitches or staples.
You will probably
spend 4 to 7 days in the hospital. You will need to take it easy for at least 4
to 6 weeks at home.
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 if you are having problems. It's also a good
idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
Having surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect and
how to safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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