Bypass Surgery, Arteries of the Legs

Care After

ExitCare ImagePlease read the instructions outlined below. Refer to these instructions for the next few weeks. These discharge instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after surgery. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. While your treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices available, unavoidable complications occasionally occur. If you have any problems or questions after discharge, please call your caregiver.


  • It will be normal to be sore for a couple weeks following surgery. See your caregiver if this seems to be getting worse rather than better.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Use showers for bathing, until seen or as instructed. Pat incision sites dry after shower, do not rub.

  • Elevate your legs when sitting down and avoid standing for prolonged periods of time. This will help with pain and swelling.

  • Change dressings if necessary or as directed.

  • You may resume normal diet and activities as directed or allowed.

  • Avoid lifting or driving until you are instructed otherwise. Never drive while taking pain medicine.

  • Make an appointment to see your caregiver for stitches (suture) or staple removal when instructed.


  • You have increased bleeding from the wound.

  • You see redness, swelling, or have increasing pain in the wound.

  • You have pus coming from your wound.

  • You have an oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You have a bad smell coming from the wound or dressing.

  • Your leg becomes numb or tingles.


  • You develop a rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing, feel short of breath, or develop chest pain.

  • You develop lightheadedness or feel faint.

  • You develop any reaction or side effects to medications given.

  • You develop pain or swelling in your leg or your leg turns cold and blue.