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Femoropopliteal (fem-pop) bypass surgery is used to bypass blocked arteries above or below the knee. The bypass restores blood flow to the leg.
To bypass the 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 onto both the femoral and popliteal arteries so that blood can travel through the graft and around the blockage.
Last Revised: October 14, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
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