Femoral Popliteal Bypass

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Take medicines as told by your caregiver.

  • Clean your incision site as told by your caregiver.

  • Keep the area around your incision dry unless told by your caregiver. Ask your caregiver when it is okay to shower. Do not take a bath until your incision has completely healed.

  • Keep the area around the incision clean. This will help decrease your risk of infection. Check your incision site every day. Let your caregiver know if you see any swelling, redness, or anything leaking from the incision.

  • Exercise as told by your caregiver.

  • Avoid strenuous physical activity for the first few weeks. This is anything that requires great effort or energy.

  • Raise (elevate) your legs when sitting.

  • Ask your caregiver when you can return to work. The type of work you do will make a difference.

  • Ask your caregiver when it is safe to start driving.

  • Keep all your follow-up appointments.

  • For long-term success:

  • Control your blood pressure.

  • Take prescription medicines as told by your caregiver.

  • Manage diabetes, if you have it.

  • Do not smoke.

  • Eat healthy foods. Ask your caregiver for suggestions, or talk with a dietitian.

  • Get regular exercise. Talk with your caregiver before starting any new physical activity.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have redness and swelling around your incision site.

  • You continue to have pain in your leg, even after taking pain medicine.

  • You have any questions about your medicines.

  • You have nausea or vomiting.

  • You have abnormal bowel habits such as having a difficult time having a bowel movement (constipation) or having loose stools (diarrhea).

  • You feel weak and tired.

  • You are too tired to walk every day.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your leg becomes pale, cold, blue, tingly, or has no feeling.

  • You have yellow or tan fluid coming from your incision site.

  • You have bleeding from the incision site.

  • You have severe pain in your leg that does not go away, even after you have taken pain medicine.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You have chest pain.

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.