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Infrainguinal Arterial Bypass

Posted On: 06-24-2015
Infrainguinal Arterial Bypass

What is Infrainguinal Arterial Bypass?

During infrainguinal arterial bypass, a blocked artery below the knee is bypassed. Typically, the saphenous vein is used as the donor conduit, but synthetic materials may be used in some cases.

Also Known As:

  • Arterial bypass
  • Vein surgery

Conditions Treated with Infrainguinal Arterial Bypass:

Infrainguinal arterial bypass may be performed in order to salvage a lower extremity from gangrene or ischemic leg pain. It may also be utilized in cases of a claudicated leg artery.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Infrainguinal Arterial Bypass:

Blood thinners are a non-surgical alternative to infrainguinal arterial bypass. Below the knee amputation is a surgical alternative to the procedure.

Anesthesia with Infrainguinal Arterial Bypass:

Infrainguinal arterial bypass may be performed with regional anesthesia. It can also be performed with general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Infrainguinal Arterial Bypass:

Possible risks following infrainguinal arterial bypass include heart attack, infection, respiratory failure, amputation, failure of venous graft, respiratory failure, congestive heart failure and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

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