femoral-tibial bypass is used to bypass a narrowed or blocked artery in the leg. The
bypass restores blood flow to the lower leg and foot.
To bypass a
narrowed or blocked artery, blood is redirected through a graft. The graft is either a
healthy blood vessel that has been transplanted or a man-made material. This
graft is sewn above and below the diseased artery so that blood flows through
the graft and around the diseased part.
In this picture, a graft
bypasses the blockage in an artery near the knee. The graft connects the common
femoral artery near the hip to a tibial artery in the lower leg.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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