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Aortofemoral Bypass

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

Aortofemoral bypass is surgery to place a graft to go around your blocked or damaged aorta. The aorta is a large blood vessel that carries blood and oxygen from your heart to your body. Your aorta splits into 2 smaller blood vessels called femoral arteries in your abdomen. These arteries carry blood and oxygen to your pelvis and your legs. The graft may be from a blood vessel in your arm or leg, or it may be artificial.


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

Call your doctor or surgeon if:


Wound care:

Follow your surgeon's instructions on how to clean your wound. Do not remove the bandage unless you are told to.


Ask about the best exercise plan for you. Walking is a low-impact exercise that can help prevent blood clots. Ask when you can return to work or your other daily activities.

Low Impact Exercises

Do not smoke:

Smoking increases the risk that your new graft will become blocked. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you currently smoke and need help to quit. E-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco still contain nicotine. Talk to your healthcare provider before you use these products.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or surgeon as directed:

You may need to return for blood tests. Healthcare providers may also need to check the blood flow in your legs and feet. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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