Limb salvage surgery is used to improve blood flow to your leg if you have peripheral artery disease
, a condition that causes pain in the calf or leg or ulcers that don’t heal. Although it’s often treated by a walking program, angioplasty or stents that help open up arteries, peripheral artery disease may also be treated with limb salvage surgery.
There are several types of limb salvage surgery, including the removal of plaque from an artery (an endarterectomy) or a bypass graft
around the blockage in the artery of the leg. The bypass can be a patient’s own healthy vein or an artificial graft vein. More complex surgeries bypass blood flow from the aorta to the legs, or from one leg to the other. Once blood flow is restored, the pain caused by lack of flow is greatly improved and wounds heal faster.