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Feb 19, 2021

A client with a serious circulatory problem—a failed femoral-popliteal bypass, or “fem-pop” surgery—wants a massage while he’s waiting for his next procedure. There’s no data on massage and failed fem-pops at all. What can this massage therapist do? In this episode, we look at fem-pop surgeries and the reasons why a person might need it. Then, we take apart some of the variables that go into making decisions about massage therapy for this client. It’s a critical-thinking exercise with immediate repercussions for this client and his health and comfort.


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Park, K.-M. et al. “Treatment of Failing Vein Grafts in Patients Who Underwent Lower Extremity Arterial Bypass.Journal of the Korean Surgical Society, 83, no. 5 (October 29, 2012): 307–15. 


Stanford Health Care. “Femoral Popliteal Bypass.” Accessed February 18, 2021.


Walton, Tracy. “Massage Therapy Pressure Scale.” Accessed February 18, 2021.