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How effective is leg bypass surgery?

How effective is leg bypass surgery?

Depends: Leg bypasses are typically done when someone has pain or a non-healing wound from poor circulation. If the bypass is open then it will be effective at healing wounds and improving pain. How long bypasses work is another loaded question and depends in many factors. Some include, smoking status, is vein used as a conduit or synthetic material, is the bypass to an above or belw knee artery. ...Read more

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I am skinny. Is it safe for me to have leg bypass surgery in my leg?

I am skinny. Is it safe for me to have leg bypass surgery in my leg?

Yes, if indicated: Actually by being thin the operation is often technically easier and wound complications are less compared to an obese patient. You may, however, be able to feel the graft easier which can be concerning to some but has no impact on the safety of the procedure. ...Read more

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Can you have leg artery bypass surgery more than once?

Can you have leg artery bypass surgery more than once?

Yes: Revascularization is common due to the progressive nature of peripheral vascular disease. After an original bypass, scar tissue or intimal hyperplasia forms at the proximal and distal ends of the pipe limiting flow. Ultimately this scarring may shut the bypass down requiring a "new" one. However, as the disease progresses options for further bypasses may become more limited. ...Read more

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Which is the best stent available for leg (bypass surgery) , in India ?

Which is the best stent available for leg (bypass surgery) , in India ?

Best leg stent?: That depends on the length of the stenosis. If it is short, then just angioplasty should suffice. If it is the length of your leg, then pending on how good the outflow vessels are, bypass would be a better option. ...Read more

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My husband had bypass surgery on his legs. I think his leg is infected. What should we do?

My husband had bypass surgery on his legs. I think his leg is infected. What should we do?

Seek help: Call surgeon or go to er immediately. The graft can become infected and need to be removed, in addition to the other problems with infection. Do not delay treatment! ...Read more

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Had aorta bifemoral bypass surgery in december. Am having leg and back pain like before surgery could this be happening again so fast?

Had aorta bifemoral bypass surgery in december. Am having leg and back pain like before surgery could this be happening again so fast?

Possibly: An aorto-bifemoral bypass is a pretty durable procedure. However, they can fail. If so, the symptoms will return. If the symptoms just returned recently, the graft can be cleaned out and fixed if it failed. ...Read more

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I have swelling in my foot and leg after a bypass surgery. Is it normal?

I have swelling in my foot and leg after a bypass surgery. Is it normal?

Foot swelling: Lower extremity swelling not unusual after saphenous vein harvesting. May need support hose, get wound checked to be sure no infection. ...Read more

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