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Bay Surgical Specialists

Surgeons located in St. Petersburg, FL

Peripheral Arterial Bypass

Patients from the Tampa Bay area in need of a surgeon experienced in peripheral arterial bypass will benefit from Dr. Almond’s expertise in vascular surgery. He offers treatments from the Bay Surgical Specialists offices located in St. Petersburg and Pasadena, FL.

Peripheral Arterial Bypass Q & A

What is a peripheral arterial bypass?

Bypass surgery is an open surgical procedure where a piece of healthy blood vessel is attached to either side of the blocked peripheral artery, creating a new path for blood to follow, effectively bypassing the blockage. This surgery is performed to relieve the symptoms of blocked or narrowed arteries due to peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The blockages associated with PAD can occur in various parts of the body but are common in the abdomen and legs, causing poor circulation of blood to the lower extremities. This is a traditional open surgery. The surgeon will make an incision in the patient’s body near the blockage to access the artery. Once the artery is exposed, the surgeon will place clamps on either side of the blocked section, then sew either a healthy blood vessel taken from elsewhere in the body, or a special tube called a graft, to either side of the blockage. Once the vessel is in place, the clamps are released and the blood flow by-passes the blockage.

What is peripheral arterial disease?

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a circulatory issue wherein narrowed arteries restrict blood flow to the limbs. This is more common in the lower legs as the symptoms may be more noticeable. Essentially, the limbs do not receive enough blood to keep up with the demands of day to day use resulting in pain when walking. However, the condition can also reduce blood flow to the heart and brain. PAD is usually a sign of the buildup of fatty deposits or plaque in the arteries. Common symptoms include:

  • Cramping in hips, thighs or calves while walking
  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • Coldness in lower leg or foot
  • Sores on feet or toes that will not heal
  • Hair loss or slower growth of leg hair or toenails
  • Weak or missing pulse in legs or feet
  • Erectile dysfunction in men

What are the causes of PAD?

PAD can be caused by behavioral choices including poor diet, limited exercise and smoking. It can also be hereditary. Some of the risk factors associated with the disease include:

  • Cardiovascular disease in family members
  • Diabetes (type I and II)
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Inadequate exercise
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

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Assurant Health
Averde Health
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Magellan Health
Medicaid
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