Femoral arteries supply blood flow to the legs. Blockages in these arteries produce symptoms such as pain in the calves when walking, pain in the feet at rest or sores on the legs/feet that don’t heal when severe. The diagnosis is made by ultrasound or angiography (injection of dye into the blood vessels that make them easier to see).
A vein or synthetic graft is used to bypass the blockages. An approximate 4-7 day stay in the hospital is required for this procedure.