What is an Aortobifemoral bypass graft?
Aortobifemoral bypass surgery is used to bypass diseased large blood vessels in the abdomen and groin. To bypass a narrowed or blocked blood vessel, blood is redirected through a graft made of synthetic material (such as polytetrafluoroethylene [PTFE] or Dacron).
What happens if an artery is 100 blocked?
When one or more of the coronary arteries suddenly becomes completely blocked, a heart attack (injury to the heart muscle) may occur. If the blockage occurs more slowly, the heart muscle may develop small collateral blood vessels (or detours) for other coronary arteries to reroute the blood flow, and angina occurs.
What kind of graft is used for Aortobifemoral bypass?
To bypass the blocked blood vessel, blood is redirected through a graft made of synthetic material (such as polytetrafluoroethyline [PTFE] or Dacron), which is sewn to the existing artery. These man-made grafts are more likely to be used than transplanted natural grafts for aortobifemoral surgery because the blood vessels involved are large.
What’s the recovery time for Aortobifemoral bypass surgery?
Since this surgery is done on large, deep blood vessels inside the abdomen, recovery times are longer than for bypass surgery to treat diseased blood vessels in the legs. You will need to spend 12 hours in bed after the surgery and will be in the hospital for 4 to 7 days.
How are artificial blood vessels used in Aortobifemoral surgery?
These man-made grafts are more likely to be used than transplanted natural grafts for aortobifemoral surgery because the blood vessels involved are large. The artificial blood vessel is formed into a Y shape. The single end of the Y is sewn on the aorta.
What do you need to know about aortoiliac bypass surgery?
Aortoiliac and Aortofemoral Bypass Graft Surgery. Definition. In a bypass, artificial tubes (grafts) are placed near a section of the blood vessel that is blocked or narrowed. The graft creates a path so that blood can move around the blockage.