Venous bypass is surgery that improves the blood flow through your veins.
Your doctor will use a healthy vein to make a new path around the part of your vein that isn't working.
Your doctor may suggest vein bypass if you have:
To request an appointment, contact the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute:
Venous disease — or chronic venous disease — causes the valves in your veins not to work properly, preventing proper blood flow.
Your veins are responsible for carrying blood to your heart. When they get damaged, your heart will start to weaken.
For people with venous disease, blood often builds up in the legs. This puts pressure on the veins in your legs and causes other problems, such as pain and swelling.
Make sure your doctor is aware of your past health problems and any medicine you're taking.
You may need some tests before venous bypass surgery, such as:
Your doctor will also tell you how best to prepare for the upcoming procedure.
You will be under general anesthesia during surgery, so you will be asleep and won't feel any pain.
To create the bypass, your surgeon will:
The procedure can take a few hours, based on the severity and location of your blockage. Once the bypass is complete, your surgeon will stitch you up for recovery.
After bypass surgery, you will need to stay in the hospital for 3 to 10 days. Your doctor will want to watch your condition and make sure you don't have any complications from the surgery.
Before you go home, your doctor may prescribe medicine to prevent future blood clots or physical therapy to help with your recovery.
As with any surgery, venous bypass carries some risks and complications.
After assessing your condition, your doctor will discuss possible risks based on:
Make sure you ask questions if you have any concerns.
You may have an increased risk for post-op complications if you have:
Complications can include:
If you have any of these issues post-surgery, contact your doctor right away.