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Can you be too old to have a femoral bypass?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
No: If your level of activity is still high and you have vascular disease that is treatable (and you are healthy enough to tolerate the surgery), then it is ok to have the bypass. Age alone is not a contraindication to surgery.
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
A patients medical conditions, rather than age alone, determine whether they are fit to undergo a bypass. For less fit patients, sometimes minimally invasive endovascular procedures may be adequate to improve blood flow with fewer immediate risks.
Feb 6, 2012
Dr. Scott Grover
Surgery 26 years experience
Maybe: Age is a poor measurement tool. If you are 60 and in really bad health, you may be too old. If you are 90 and in decent health, you may be a good candidate. Your underlying health status is a better predictor of whether or not you can have a surgery.

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