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Femoro Popliteal By-Pass Surgery- Bilateral

Femoro popliteal bypass surgery, also known as fem-pop bypass surgery, is a procedure performed to circumvent blocked or narrowed arteries in the femoral and popliteal regions of the legs. Bilateral femoro popliteal bypass surgery is indicated for individuals with severe peripheral artery disease (PAD) in both legs.

Who Needs Femoro Popliteal Bypass Surgery – Bilateral

This condition, often caused by atherosclerosis, leads to reduced blood flow and can result in pain, ulcers, or gangrene. Patients who experience persistent claudication (pain during walking), rest pain, or non-healing wounds despite conservative treatments may be candidates for this surgery. Additionally, those with critical limb ischemia, where there is a risk of limb loss, are prime candidates for bilateral bypass surgery.

When to See a Specialist

It is crucial to see a vascular specialist if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Persistent pain in the legs or feet, especially during rest or at night.
  • Non-healing sores or ulcers on the legs or feet.
  • Noticeable changes in the color or temperature of the legs.
  • Severe claudication that limits daily activities.
    Sudden onset of leg pain or weakness, which could indicate acute limb ischemia.


Early consultation with a vascular specialist can lead to timely diagnosis and intervention, potentially preventing the progression of PAD and reducing the risk of severe complications.


The bilateral femoro popliteal bypass procedure involves several steps:

  • Anesthesia: The patient is placed under general or regional anesthesia to ensure comfort during the procedure.
  • Incision: The surgeon makes small incisions in both legs, near the groin area, to access the femoral artery.
  • Harvesting the Graft: A suitable vein or synthetic graft is harvested, typically from the patient’s leg or an artificial material, to create the bypass.
  • Graft Placement: The graft is then carefully attached to the femoral artery above the blockage and routed down to the popliteal artery, bypassing the narrowed or blocked section.
  • Blood Flow Restoration: The graft is sewn in place to ensure a secure connection, restoring blood flow to the lower leg and foot.
  • Incision Closure: After the graft placement, the incisions are closed with sutures or staples.


Road to Recovery

Recovery involves a hospital stay of several days, during which the patient is monitored for complications. Pain management, wound care, and physical therapy are crucial components of recovery. Patients are encouraged to start walking soon after surgery to promote blood flow and prevent complications such as blood clots. Full recovery can take several weeks to months, and patients may need lifestyle modifications, including smoking cessation, a healthy diet, and regular exercise to ensure long-term success of the surgery.


Risk Management

While femoro popliteal bypass surgery is generally safe, it carries potential risks such as:

  • Infection at the incision sites.
  • Bleeding or blood clots.
  • Graft failure or blockage.
  • Heart attack or stroke during or after surgery.
  • Nerve injury resulting in numbness or weakness in the leg.


Benefits of Femoro Popliteal Bypass Surgery – Bilateral:

The benefits of bilateral femoro popliteal bypass surgery include:

  • Improved blood flow to both legs, alleviating pain and enhancing mobility.
  • Healing of ulcers and prevention of gangrene, reducing the risk of limb loss.
  • Enhanced quality of life by enabling patients to perform daily activities with less discomfort.
  • Long-term relief from the symptoms of peripheral artery disease, provided lifestyle modifications are maintained.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does the surgery take?

The duration of the bilateral Femoro Popliteal Bypass Surgery depends on the complexity of the condition and the individual’s medical history, but it typically takes several hours to complete both legs.

2. Will I need to stay in the hospital after the surgery?

Yes, most patients require a hospital stay of a few days after bilateral Femoro Popliteal Bypass Surgery to monitor their recovery and ensure optimal healing.

3. Is the graft permanent?

The graft used for the bypass is intended to be permanent, but its long-term success depends on various factors, including the patient’s lifestyle and overall vascular health.

4. Can I resume physical activities after the surgery?

In most cases, patients can gradually resume physical activities as guided by their healthcare team during the recovery period. It is essential to follow the postoperative instructions carefully to avoid complications.

5. Will the surgery completely cure my peripheral arterial disease (PAD)?

While bilateral Femoro Popliteal Bypass Surgery can significantly improve blood flow and alleviate symptoms of PAD, it is essential to continue managing underlying risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, to prevent further artery narrowing or blockages. Regular follow-ups with the vascular surgeon and adherence to a healthy lifestyle are essential for long-term success.

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Dr. Adil Rizvi

Vascular Surgery