When lower extremity arterial bypass surgery is required, a bypass graft using a superficial vein often provides the best long-term result.

Using the person’s own tissue reduces the risk of infection or thrombosis (clotting) of the graft. This vein is also used for heart bypass surgeries. A non-invasive ultrasound exam is performed to evaluate the vein quality and size to determine if it is adequate to be used as a bypass graft.

Length of exam: 30-45  minutes
Preparation: No special preparation is required.

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