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What happens after femoral popliteal bypass surgery?

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  • Femoral popliteal (also called femoropopliteal) bypass surgery is a surgical procedure that may be used to treat severe blockage due to plaque in the femoral artery. The femoral and popliteal arteries are located in the legs. Their function is to supply oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the legs. After the procedure you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you may be taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) or your hospital room.

    Your pulses below the surgical site will be checked frequently to assist in monitoring blood flow to the limb. Your leg will also be monitored for color (pale or pink), warmth (coolness), sensations of pain, and movement.

    The surgical incision may be tender or sore for several days after the procedure. Take a pain reliever for soreness as recommended by your physician.

    You may be on special intravenous (IV) medications to help your blood pressure and your heart, and to control any problems with bleeding. As your condition stabilizes, these medications will be gradually decreased and discontinued as your condition allows.

    Your diet will be advanced to solid foods as tolerated.

    When your physician determines that you are ready, you will be moved from the ICU to a post-surgical nursing unit. Your recovery will continue to progress. Your activity will be gradually increased as you get out of bed and walk around for longer periods of time.

    Arrangements will be made for a follow-up visit with your physician.
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