A friend of mine trained as a surgical scrub technician and worked a lot for a vascular surgeon. She said the fem-pop procedure was one of the more common surgeries the doctor did, along with repairing abdominal aortic aneurysms (triple A's), which are serious business.
She said the fem-pop procedure usually didn't take very long, and if the patient was in reasonably good health, recovery was usually fairly quick.
The Triple A procedure, on the other hand, was always a beast, both for the surgeon and the patient. Many, many people have died from a ruptured Triple A.