During aortofemoral bypass, the aortic artery is connected to the femoral artery in the groin with the use of a synthetic graft.
Also Known As:
- Arterial bypass
- Aortic artery surgery
- Bypass surgery
Conditions Treated with Aortofemoral Bypass:
Aortofemoral bypass is utilized to treat atherosclerosis, aortoiliac artery occlusion, coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease and ischemic leg pain at rest. It is also used in cases where there is a risk for limb amputation.
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to aortofemoral bypass. A surgical alternative is limb amputation.
Anesthesia with Aortofemoral Bypass:
Aortofemoral bypass is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Aortofemoral Bypass:
Possible risks following aortofemoral bypass include infection, bleeding, nerve injury and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience blood clots, altered blood pressure, an embolism and continued vessel blockage. In some cases, the graft will fail.
Prognosis after Aortofemoral Bypass:
The prognosis for a positive end result following aortofemoral bypass is fair. Pain is typically removed. However, some patients still require limb amputation.