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Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Vascular Surgery (Definition)

Vascular surgery is the management of arterial and venous problems, outside of heart and brain. This can be done with minimally invasive methods or regular surgery. The best treatment depends ...Read more


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How long is recovery after vascular surgery in the legs?

How long is recovery after vascular surgery in the legs?

Depends on surgery: It really depends on type of surgery and the technique used. Endo techniques typically have a much shorter recovery time. Open techniques recovery dependent on how many incisions and what procedure. It also depends on what type of shape the patient is to begin with. Older, frail patients may have a much longer recovery time. ...Read more

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How long is recovery from vascular surgery in the legs/calves?

How long is recovery from vascular surgery in the legs/calves?

Depends on procedure: Recovery after any surgical procedure is variable in duration and difficulty. The biggest factors that affect recovery are the procedure itself, your overall health and physical condition, your nutritional status. Some vascular surgery leg procedures are done in an outpatient setting with recovery expected to be less than a week. Some require hospital stay and rehab for recovery. ...Read more

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What is rockhawk vascular surgery for the lower limbs?

What is rockhawk vascular surgery for the lower limbs?

Roto-rooter: The procedure you are describing is an atherectomy. It is a minimally invasive technique designed to remove buildup from the inside of your arteries. It is often paired with balloon angioplasty and/or stenting. ...Read more

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Vascular surgery question?

Briefly,: Vascular surgery is a medical discipline that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems of the arterial, venous and lymphatic systems, exclusive of the heart. Interventional treatment can be both surgical and non-surgical (i.e. Catheter based and minimally invasive) and as such, make vascular surgeons uniquely qualified to provide unbiased recommendations for patients. ...Read more

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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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What kind of doc does leg artery bypass surgery?

What kind of doc does leg artery bypass surgery?

Arterial blockages..: In the legs are treated with angioplasty +/- stenting. The traditional approach is bypass around the blockage as you describe. A vascular surgeon usually does this surgery. Some cardiovascular surgeons still do this, a few general surgeons in ares limited to specialists and urgent situations may also do this. Vasculary surgery is it's own specialty and they are best to deal with this in most cases. ...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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How risky is leg bypass surgery due to peripheral arterial disease?

How risky is leg bypass surgery due to peripheral arterial disease?

Risk vs Benefit: There is risk with all surgeries even those done with wires manipulated through the arteries (angiography/angioplasty). In experienced hands, these risks are minimal. However, pad if untreated can lead to severe pain, open ischemic ulcers, gangrene and loss of your limb. Given the choice, if you are having symptoms, then treatment is safer than waiting. ...Read more

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For how long is the recovery from femoral artery (leg) bypass surgery?

For how long is the recovery from femoral artery (leg) bypass surgery?

Varies: Depends on your condition going in and the type of surgery performed, but assume 4-6 weeks for complete recovery. ...Read more

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Following femoral artery leg bypass surgery, how long before you can fly?

Following femoral artery leg bypass surgery, how long before you can fly?

It depends: ... Mostly on how you are doing. If you can walk, sit, and move around, and if your wound is healing well, you should be able to fly after your discharge from the hospital. ...Read more

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How dangerous can leg bypass surgery be due to peripheral arterial disease?

PVD: Patients who need arterial bypass for PVD usually have coronary artery disease, hypertension and often diabetes. This combination or individually raises the risk of any surgery. When we do PVD surgery it is usually because a limb is threatened, saving a limb is a pretty prominent benefit in most people's risk/benefit equation. ...Read more

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My legs are bowing. I had gastric bypass surgery 10 years ago. Could this be the cause.

My legs are bowing. I had gastric bypass surgery 10 years ago. Could this be the cause.

No: Bowing of your legs is due, most likely, to arthritis, not to the gastric surgery. Increased weight can cause increased joint wear and changes in your mechanical axis. The weight reduction likely is currently reducing your symptoms, but arthritis and mechanical axis malalignment is common in the general population in your age group. ...Read more

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I'm feeling deep leg pain after cardiac bypass surgery. Will this go away and is it normal?

Possibly: Can be related to the bypass surgery, especially if your leg veins were used for the bypass. .. But if persists or worsens, or if your leg is swollen, should get checked by your cardiologist or cardiac surgeon. .. ...Read more

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My legs constant ache since childhood. I have had 5 bypass surgery are these symptoms related?

My legs constant ache since childhood. I have had 5 bypass surgery are these symptoms related?

PAD: Leg discomfort as a child is common. Now at your age and with known heart disease, you have a significant chance of having pad, or peripheral arterial disease. You should seek further assistance with your pcp. ...Read more

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What's after a full leg brace? I had vascular surgery and my meniscus is still ripped. What comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

What's after a full leg brace? I had vascular surgery and my meniscus is still ripped. What comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

Varies: It varies in part on the reason for the brace. A brace is not a standard treatment for your meniscal tear, so you may be wearing the brace for other reasons. Typical treatment for most meniscal tears is arthroscopic repair verses debridement, but you might not be a candidate for this based upon a recent vascular surgery. I would certainly discuss specifics of your case with your surgeons. ...Read more

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How deadly is leg bypass surgery due to peripheral arterial disease?

Small risk: As with all surgery, there is some risk. Your exact risk will depend on your comorbidities. ...Read more

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After femoral artery leg bypass surgery, how long before you can fly on a plane?

After femoral artery leg bypass surgery, how long before you can fly on a plane?

Depends, of course: Open bypass surgery usually requires 2-3 days in the hospital to regain adequate activity to go home, then again a slow return to regular activity in 2-4 weeks. Air travel should be ok within 2 weeks after surgery, depending on one's activity level. ...Read more

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I will be traveling for femoral artery (leg) bypass surgery. How long before I would be able to fly back home?

I will be traveling for femoral artery (leg) bypass surgery. How long before I would be able to fly back home?

Depends: A lot hinges on how you do. Once you are walking, eating, voiding, and your incision looks good, there is no reason for you to stay. You will be on Aspirin and probably plavix, (clopidogrel) so travel should not be a problem. If you are concerned, there should be a vascular surgeon closer to you who could do the surgery. ...Read more

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Neuropathic pain after arterial bypass surgery on leg. Possible treatments, please?

Neuropathic pain after arterial bypass surgery on leg. Possible treatments, please?

Medication: Gabapentum or Lyrica (pregabalin) beneficial. Gabapentum lower side effect profile see your physician for direction. ...Read more

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Meniscus tear, ligament tear, and vascular surgery. I'm on a full leg brace, what comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

Meniscus tear, ligament tear, and vascular surgery. I'm on a full leg brace, what comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

Severe injury: What was repaired,? If only the blood vessels you need to be in the hands of an experienced knee surgeon who can monitor the treatment, which will probably include additional surgery for the meniscus and ligament, to be followed by several months of rehabilatation. ...Read more

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I have a family member who will be undergoing cardiac bypass surgery soon. How is the leg vessel "fixed" after a portion is removed for the surgery?

I have a family member who will be undergoing cardiac bypass surgery soon. How is the leg vessel "fixed" after a portion is removed for the surgery?

Collaterals: Often if multiple bypasses are needed, veins are harvested from the leg for use. Post operatively part of rehab is walking and may require compression hose to prevent swelling in the leg till the body replaces the removed vein with new small veins that will take over the job of returning blood to the central circulation. Walking and exercise will encourage the growth that may take multiple months. ...Read more

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Per doppler I & doc knew per doppler right leg vein no good still he removed vein of right leg during bypass surgery & found it no good. Doctor error?

This is not...: ...a question that can be answered on Health Tap's Q & A feature. But your concern is understandable. Please get a second opinion from a doctor who is NOT associated with the physician who performed your surgery. I truly hope all eventually goes well with you. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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