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Pre-Op Info >> Peripheral Vascular Bypass

Peripheral Vascular Bypass

Posted On: 2011-12-19

*Be sure to read your discharge papers for more detailed information!


  • A well balanced diet is important for your body’s healing ability.
  • A low fat diet is recommended (i.e. skim milk, chicken without the skin)
  • Avoid greasy or fried fatty foods
  • Avoid excess body weight.  Being overweight puts extra pressure on your circulatory system. 


  • Avoid prolonged sitting due to bending at the knees can decrease circulation thus leading to possible swelling in the lower legs.
  • Change positions frequently. Alternate between walking, lying down and sitting.
  • When sitting, elevate your feet on a foot stool, or in a reclining chair.
  • Create a balance between physical activity and periods of rest.
  • Walk short distances daily gradually increasing your activity. Begin with 3-5 mins. intervals 4-5 times per day, each week increase your time.
  • Avoid standing in one place for extended periods, this can cause swelling in the affected leg. Keep moving!
  • May drive after 2 weeks, may experience increased pain in incisions. 


  • No temperature extremes, no ice or heat on legs.
  • No tight clothing, such as girdles, garters, knee high hose or socks with tight tops.
  • Always dress warm in colder weather. This will help maintain a good blood flow to your legs and feet/toes.
  • Quit smoking permanently! Nicotine constricts blood vessels.


  • Wash incision sites gently daily with soap and water.
  • A light gauze dressing may be applied to any oozing areas. 


  • Minimal to moderate pain controlled by oral pain medication.
  • Minimal redness.
  • Minimal or no drainage.
  • To prevent swelling in your legs, it is important to follow the physical activity instructions (i.e. walking) 


  • Excessive bleeding or drainage occurs.
  • Excessive swelling or redness at wound site.
  • Temperature over 101 degrees.
  • Paleness or increasing discoloration.
  • Sores and blisters developing on feet and lower legs.
  • Numbness or coldness in feet.

IF OFFICE IS CLOSED and an EMERGENCY arises, please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department.  

A MISA surgeon can be reached by calling the office answering service at (309) 677-6019

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