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Aorta-femoral bypass

Aorta-femoral bypass is a procedure used to bypass abdominal blockage in the aorta, the largest artery in the body, when disease restricts blood flow to the legs. The surgeon makes incisions in the abdomen and the groin area. The single end of a Y-shaped tube or graft is sewn into the aorta, and the two split ends of the Y are connected to the femoral arteries in the legs, allowing the blood to avoid the blockage and reach the legs. It is also referred to as aortobifemoral or aortofemoral bypass.

Aorta-femoral bypass: What you need to know

  • Aorto-femoral bypass is typically only recommended for people at risk of losing a limb or living with severe symptoms such as pain in the legs or leg aches, even while at rest.
  • Depending on the extent of the abdominal surgery and your overall health, recovery times may vary. Most patients can expect to remain in the hospital for up to a week.
  • Your progress will be closely monitored while you are in the hospital before you are released to go home.
  • Though your surgeon will discuss instructions for your home care, most patients return to normal activities after four to six weeks and are fully recovered after 2 to 3 months.

Why choose UF Health Jacksonville?

In the operating room, surgical skills matter. At UF Health Surgery Jacksonville, our team of accomplished surgeons have years of training and expertise in perfecting the most advanced techniques. The combination of their vast experience and knowledge has earned them a success rate among the highest in the nation.

As a part of a leading academic medical institution, our surgical team can also offer you the most innovative, research-based treatments for the best possible outcomes.

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