Aortic Bifemoral Bypass Surgery
(Peripheral Artery Bypass Surgery)
Recently I wrote about my suffering for 10+ years where I had been losing the ability to walk.
My chronic pain remained undiagnosed.
My hope is that my personal story may just help someone else.
I was finally diagnosed with: Peripheral Artery Disease.
Could you have Peripheral Artery Disease
Please keep in mind that Peripheral Artery Disease or you may know it as Peripheral Vascular Disease is not a disease that is restricted only to the elderly.
Support Group pad
I belong to a Peripheral Arterial- Vascular Disease group on Facebook. This is a lovely friendly private group full of personal and helpful information and support. Peripheral Arterial- Vascular Disease Support Group On Facebook
Peripheral Artery Disease Symptoms
Please be aware that you may not have all of the Peripheral Artery Disease Symptoms: (I didn’t). I suffered the first and last symptoms dot pointed here:
- Severe pain lower back hip area which eases when sitting down
- Pain in lower legs or feet which eases when at rest.
- Losing the ability to walk far- your mobility
- Tired and aching legs
- Sores on your feet or toes that don’t heal
- Bluish hue or very pale skin on legs and feet
- Loss of hair on your legs
Clicking the link above will quickly take you to where you can read my “Losing Ability To Walk: Chronic Pain Undiagnosed, personal story in detail. And even now three months after my Aortic Bifemoral Bypass Surgery (Vascular Surgery). I still find it hard to believe that I can walk again.
Peripheral Artery Bypass Graft
My Specialist drew me a picture of the Peripheral Artery Bypass Graft. Basically it is shaped like a upside down Y. Wow I thought that I would be having a stent like my dad had for his heart. This was getting a bit more serious.
Though I had the choice of course to refuse or wait, I didn’t fancy the outcome. Possibly losing toes or feet.
Pre Op testing before surgery
You will have several medical tests before your surgery I even had some repeated. Be sure you will be given blood tests before surgery. Your blood gives a very in depth reading showing your general health and whether or not you have any infections.
A test for your heart: Although there are several I had a heart stress test before surgery where you are on a treadmill. Due to my chronic pain, I could not keep walking enough to complete this test for the appropriate length of time. And so had to have a further Angiogram, I had good results.
A Lung Function test, also called a Pulmonary Function Test. This is very important it is a test for your Lungs and breathing . Your Vascular Surgery Specialist must be satisfied that your lungs will cope throughout your surgery.
There should be little if any breathing problems during your surgery. Mine were not good due to COPD or Emphysemia caused from smoking.
Epidural Anesthesia Risks
For my up coming Aortobifemoral Bypass Surgery, Epidural Anesthesia was the choice of my Anesthetist due to me having Emphysema
Yes, like the surgery there are risks and I had read many online, including videos. You should too! As well my operation had other complications for me: as I also have Emphysema or a diagnosis of COPD. While this worried my Vascular Surgeon who asked for further discussions with my Lung Specialist my Anesthetist, also became a big part of this discussion. Lovely man, my anesthetist his suggestion was for a Epidural General Anesthetic.
I was very grateful that I had the Epidural anesthetic and it remained in place for three days after my operation.
My incision was from my breast bone to my pubic bone and another incision near my groin. This incision was stapled. During this time I was still in ICU in fact I was there for 3 days.
Aortic Bifemoral Bypass Surgery
Successful (Peripheral Artery Bypass Surgery) On the 4th day in hospital I was moved to a private room. I was still unable to eat solids and getting cranky, My nurse phoned my Specialist and he gave permission for a small meal,very tiny, lovely man!
Pain wise the Epidural had been removed before the nurses moved me to my room and I was given other pain medication. Cannot say I was experiencing any chronic pain at least not while I stayed still. Turning to lie on my side was umm difficult and yes painful. I needed help only that first day to go to the bathroom,the nursing staff were great.
Physiotherapy treatment and a walking cane was given and up and down the hospital hallway I walked . Was there much pain ,no not really. Returned home on my 6th day, well I did ask, just wanted to be home in my own bed. Alternate staples were removed from my very swollen stomach and the rest would be removed by a home care nurse a few days later.