Femoral-tibial bypass

Picture of femoral-tibial bypass

A femoral-tibial bypass is used to bypass a blocked artery in the thigh. The bypass restores blood flow to the lower leg and foot.

To bypass a 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 blockage.

In this picture, a graft bypasses the blockage in an artery in the thigh. The graft connects the common femoral artery near the hip to a tibial artery in the lower leg.

Last Updated: October 16, 2009

Author: Robin Parks, MS

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery

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