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A large blood vessel (artery) in your leg has become narrowed or blocked, so less blood and oxygen is getting to the tissues in that leg and foot. An operation is needed to restore blood flow to your leg and foot. Without the operation, your symptoms can become worse. Your leg may become numb or weak. You may develop infection or gangrene, and be at risk of losing your leg.
A leg bypass operation creates a new tube for blood to flow to your leg and foot, bypassing (avoiding) the section of the artery that is narrow or blocked. The new tube is called a graft. A graft can be a vein from your leg or arm (if suitable) or a flexible, artificial tube.
What types of operations can help?
Your femoral artery brings blood to your leg, foot and toes. Two types of an operation on this artery can help improve blood flow in the legs:
You will have an appointment at the
Pre-Admission Clinic within 2 weeks before your operation. This visit is very important to assess your health and help you prepare for your surgery and recovery. Plan for your visit to take 2 to 5 hours. On the day of your pre-admission visit, take your medications and eat as usual, unless you were given other instructions.
Pre-Admission Clinic at
Toronto General HospitalEaton Building – Ground Floor, Room 400
What should I bring to my pre-admission appointment?
What happens during my pre-admission visit?
Depending on your needs, you may also meet:
The day before your surgery
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What Should I do the day of my surgery
Arrive 2 hours before your scheduled operation time.
Surgical Admission Unit (SAU) at
Toronto General HospitalPeter Munk Building – 2nd FloorAll hospital entrances are open by 6:00 am. However, Elizabeth St. and University Ave. are easiest to access.
After your operation, you will go to the
Post Anesthetic Care Unit (recovery room) where the nurses will care for you until you wake up. When you are ready, you will go to the Step-Down Unit in the
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU).
What can I expect to have on my body?
You will be attached to some or all of these machines and tubes:
Where and when
About 1 week after your discharge, you will follow-up with your family doctor.
About 2 to 3 weeks after your operation, you will follow-up with your surgeon's office.
Who do I call with general post-operative questions?
Call your surgeon's office:
Dr. John ByrnePhone: 416 340 3996
Dr. Thomas ForbesPhone: 416 340 3274
Dr. Thomas LindsayPhone: 416 340 4620
Dr. George OreopoulosPhone: 416 340 3275
Dr. Graham Roche-NaglePhone: 416 340 5332
Dr. Barry RubinPhone: 416 340 3645
Who do I call if I experience complications
Call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest emergency department if you have any of the following: