Aortobifemoral bypass

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Aortobifemoral bypass surgery is used to bypass a blocked part of the large blood vessels in the abdomen and groin.

To bypass the blocked part of the blood vessel, blood is redirected through a graft. The graft is made of man-made material. This graft is sewn above and below the blocked vessel so that blood flows through the graft and around the blockage. The graft looks like an upside-down Y shape. The single end of the Y is sewn on the aorta. The two split ends of the Y are sewn below the blocked or narrowed areas of the femoral arteries.

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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