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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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How long is recovery from vascular surgery in the legs?

How long is recovery from vascular surgery in the legs?

Few weeks: It depend what surgery was done how involve the surgery was.

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Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Dr. Gilles Pinault Dr. Pinault
Surgery
26 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Tracy Berg Dr. Berg
Surgery
28 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Bradley Thomas Dr. Thomas
Surgery - Vascular
15 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Peter H'doubler Dr. H'doubler
Surgery - Vascular
36 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Oliver Aalami Dr. Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
19 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Michael Korona Dr. Korona
Radiology - Interventional
29 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Dr. Shane Parmer Dr. Parmer
Surgery - Vascular
19 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Christopher Bulger Dr. Bulger
Surgery - Vascular
19 years in practice
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Craig Lum Dr. Lum
Surgery
21 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Matt Malkin Dr. Malkin
Anesthesiology
12 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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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!

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Dr. Michael Schwartz Dr. Schwartz
Surgery - Vascular
29 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Charles Anderson Dr. Anderson
Surgery - Thoracic
26 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Brad Eilerman Dr. Eilerman
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
16 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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.

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Dr. Michael Miller Dr. Miller
Wound care
32 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Craig Carter Dr. Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
36 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Frederick Tibayan Dr. Tibayan
Surgery - Thoracic
19 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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.

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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.

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Dr. Blake Miller Dr. Miller
Orthopedic Surgery
9 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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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.

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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