There are multiple types of surgeries that are recommended to patients each year due to blockage or narrowing in the arteries of the legs and arms. When blood flow is obstructed it causes severe pain or damage to the limb, surgery is usually the recommended option. The most common of these procedures are femoral to popliteal bypass and femoral to femoral bypass. Most of these procedures are done under general or spinal anesthesia and take between two and three hours to complete. The surgeon uses a bypass graft or a secondary vessel from the patient to bring blood flow around the area of blockage in the arm or leg. Your circulation will be monitored very carefully and you may be placed on blood thinner. The average hospital stay is three to five days with a total recovery period of four to six weeks.