When an artery clogs, it’s often due to a build-up of fats or plaque. In your legs, arterial blockage may be a symptom of peripheral artery disease, and it can trigger pain and numbness. Many abnormal artery conditions can be treated through a minimally invasive arterial bypass. This type of leg bypass surgery creates a new path for blood to flow from your heart and lungs down into your legs. Whenever your legs start hurting for no apparent reason, call the vascular specialists at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center in Brooklyn for an accurate evaluation and diagnosis.
What Is an Arterial Bypass?
Arterial bypass is a complex and potentially life-saving procedure used to restore blood flow to a particular area of your body, usually in a leg. This surgery creates a new path for blood to flow around a blockage in an artery, such as the femoral artery that carries fresh blood to your legs.
Arterial bypass surgery is used in the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD) arterial insufficiency. These conditions narrow an artery, often caused by an atherosclerotic plaque build-up. In recent years, non-surgical, minimally invasive endovascular procedures have become a much preferred treatment modality for most people, while the bypass surgery is reserved for special circumstances.
If you’re suffering from any PAD conditions, visit Dr. Sergei Sobolevsky at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center. He provides an accurate evaluation and diagnosis to establish your optimal treatment strategy. This medical practice is located in Downtown Brooklyn, but it serves all of Brooklyn, as well as greater New York City.
What Benefits Does Arterial Bypass Offer?
Arterial bypass surgery reroutes blood around a severely clogged or constricted artery. It can be performed on many arteries in your body, but it typically involves an artery of your leg, like the femoral artery, to resolve circulation problems. This type of surgery is required in selected severe cases of PAD.
Arterial blockages can cause severe pain, a loss of sensation in the affected limb and such serious and life-threatening complications as a non-healing infected ulcer and amputation. An artery bypass surgery is performed when a preferred minimally invasive or non-surgical endovascular option isn’t available.
An arterial bypass procedure restores the blood flow to your leg. When recommended, it can relieve your symptoms and save your limb and possibly, your life. A leg bypass surgery, also known as a peripheral artery bypass, offers a range of benefits, including:
- Improved circulation in your legs
- Reduced pain in your leg, allowing you to sleep restfully at night and perform daily activities like walking and climbing stairs
- Reduced risk of amputation
- Reduced risk of an arterial ulcer
- An improved quality of life
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What’s Involved in an Arterial Bypass Surgery?
An arterial bypass surgery is a major surgery associated with a large wound and long and complicated recovery. The general steps of the peripheral arterial bypass surgery include:
- You’re given general anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
- Your vascular surgeon makes a large incision in your leg to harvest a vein or insert a synthetic material to be used as an artery bypass graft. The graft connects parts of the blocked artery upstream and downstream from the blockage to restore the blood flow to the tissues below the obstruction.
- The surgeon closes the incision.
Leg bypass is a major surgery associated with a high rate of complications and a long recovery period. Dr. Sobolevsky at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center helps you decide on the best path in the treatment of your circulation problem, including a bypass graft surgery. With Dr. Sobolevsky’s expertise and training, you can be assured that you’re in good hands. Contact the practice today to get back on your feet without pain.
Sergei Sobolevsky, MD, is a leading specialist in endovascular medicine with experience in vascular and interventional radiology. Dr. Sobolevsky has decades of experience in the field, with over 25,000 procedures performed, accumulating extensive experience in image-guided minimally invasive medicine, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions.
Dr. Sobolevsky earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 1997 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his specialty clinical training in vascular and interventional radiology at Harvard University. Later, he earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and named to the Top Doctors New York Metro Area in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Dr. Sobolevsky is licensed in multiple states, has delivered presentations at numerous institutions in the US and abroad, and now acts as a clinical advisor for the biomedical industry. He also held multiple positions in the field during his career, including Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, Senior Vice President in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Artann Laboratories in North Brunswick, NJ, and Medical Director at the American Endovascular and Amputation Prevention Center in Brooklyn.More About Dr. Sobolevsky
Downtown Vein Treatment Center
480 Court Street, Ste 101
Brooklyn, NY 11231