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Aorto-bifemoral bypass

Surgery Overview

This procedure is done on diseased large blood vessels in the abdomen and groin. To

Aorto-bifemoral bypass surgery is used to bypass diseased large blood vessels in the abdomen and groin. To bypass the blocked blood vessel, blood is redirected through a graft made of synthetic material(such as polytetrafluoroethyline) (PTFE or Dacron), which is sewn to the existing artery. These man-made grafts are more or less to be used than transplanted natural grafts for aotobifemoral surgery because the blood vessels involved are large.

The artificial blood vessel is formed in a kind of a Y shape. The single end of the formed blood vessels are sewn on to the aorta,and the two split ends of the Y are sewn below, the blocked or narrowed areas of the femoral arteries,this allows the blood to travel around the (bypass) and the diseased areas.

During this procedure, general anaesthesia, is used so that you relax and sleep through the surgery.

What To Expect After Surgery

The recovery time is longer, since the surgery is done on large, deep blood vessels which is inside the abdomen,than for a bypass surgery to treat diseases blood vessels in the legs

The patient would need to spend 12 hours in bed after the surgery and will be in the hospital for around 4-7 days.

Why It Is Done

This procedure is done, for people who have blocked vessels, which is in the abdomen and pelvis. Due to the blockage, there are significant symptoms, which could be limb-threatening before the bypass surgery is considered.

How Well It Works

Aortobifemoral bypass, has known to be successful, at keeping the artery open & also helps reduce the symptoms over 80% of the time for at least 10 years.

Risks

Risks for aortobifemoral bypass procedure include:

  • Failed or blocked grafts.
  • Infections
  • Bleeding
  • Heart attach
  • Stroke
  • Sexual dysfunction caused by nerve damage in the pelvis.

What To Think About

This surgery works, for people who have many areas of blockage, or a long, continuous blockage in the arteries of the abdomen and pelvis.