Grandmother who can be more active since being treated for PAD
“I praise Dr. Duncan up and down, no matter where I go. I trust him and I trust my life in his hands.”
She Moves More Comfortably After Treatment for PAD
Doris Jueckstock of Clare is still active. You might even find her kicking a ball around with her grandson. In the past year or so, though, Doris noticed her right thigh becoming numb.
“No matter what I did, my leg would be numb most of the time,” she said, “and I would develop cramps in my foot.”
The artery delivering blood to Doris’ right leg was 90 percent closed by plaque, a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD). Without help, she might have seen her independence in jeopardy.
Physician sees way to restore vital circulation to patient's leg
Fortunately, Interventional Cardiologist Karl Duncan, M.D., saw things differently. He restored vital circulation to Doris’ right leg, so that she could go on taking care of herself and helping her family.
The procedure that improved Doris’ circulation took place at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland, but her first and follow-up appointments with Dr. Duncan were right in Clare.
“Dr. Duncan comes to his office in Clare a couple of times a week,” she said. “I like to have doctor visits close to home so that I can drive myself, and my daughter doesn’t have to take off work.”
Doris liked Dr. Duncan right away. “When I met him, he walked over and shook my hand. He started talking to me and made me feel like I’d known him forever,” she said.
She also said the nursing staff and surgical team were very helpful when she came in for her procedure in the state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab at the Medical Center in Midland. “Everybody was sweet and wonderful and did a good job,” she said. “They just made us feel at home. I’d recommend any of them.”
During the procedure, Doris had conscious sedation, which allowed her to be aware of her surroundings but not feel any pain.
For the angiogram, Dr. Duncan inserted a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into a blood vessel in Doris’ leg, then moved a small, collapsed balloon along the catheter to the area that was blocked. He expanded the balloon to widen the blood vessel, then collapsed and removed it.
Physician removes plaque from blood vessels with an advanced technology system, the Diamondback 360
Dr. Duncan was also able to shave off and remove plaque from some of Doris’ blood vessels using device called the Diamondback 360® PAD system. Following the procedures, a test called a lower extremity arterial Doppler ultrasound showed blood flow in Doris’ leg had improved significantly.
These days, Doris credits Dr. Duncan’s work with helping her get around in much more ease and comfort.
“I praise him up and down, no matter where I go,” she said. “I pass out his cards. I trust Dr. Duncan and I trust my life in his hands.”
Doris Jueckstock’s story is just one example of how MidMichigan physicians help their patients by seeing things differently. For more information or referral to one of our cardiovascular or other medical specialists, call MidMichigan Health Line toll-free at (800) 999-3199. Online, visit www.midmichigan.org/doctors.
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