Lynda's StoryJun 6, 2019
Lynda credits the Vascular Center for her restored mobility
PVD patient, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett
Lynda Flippo took a step. She felt pain in her right leg.
Another step. This time her leg felt like it was on fire.
After her third step, she had to sit until the pain went away.
This had become the painful routine for Lynda. She finally decided that she needed to take action.
“I’m a busy person,” explained Lynda. “I like to follow my grandkids to their sporting events. This had me down and out. It was not fun.”
Lynda went to see Muhammad Janjua, M.D., a physician at the Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett Vascular Center. It didn’t take long for Dr. Janjua to diagnose what was causing Lynda’s pain.
“There was a loss of blood flow in her leg that was causing severe pain,” said Dr. Janjua. “Because of the lack of blood flow her foot was ice cold and there was no pulse in the lower leg. Lynda had peripheral vascular disease (PVD).”
It is estimated that approximately eight million Americans are affected by PVD. Risk factors for PVD include family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and smoking. PVD is caused by a gradual buildup of fatty material inside the vessels. Over time, the artery becomes blocked, narrowed, or weakened. In Lynda’s case, the lack of blood flow in her leg was causing pain.
Because of the severity of Lynda’s case, Dr. Janjua believed that immediate action needed to be taken. He scheduled a procedure for the next morning to restore the blood flow to Lynda’s leg.
“We used a device called the TurboHawk to remove the plaque in the artery,” said Dr. Janjua. “We then inserted a small balloon inside the artery and inflated it to widen the vessel and improve blood flow.”
The results were immediate. The blood flow returned to Lynda’s leg, and within six hours she was on her feet and walking.
“That was when I decided to stop smoking,” said Lynda. “I had been a smoker for 50 years, but I have learned my lesson.”
In addition to leg pain, other symptoms of PVD include buttock pain, numbness or tingling in the legs, a sore on a leg that won’t heal, loss of hair on the legs, and feet that are blue or red in color. Anyone that is experiencing one or more of these symptoms can call the Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett Vascular Center at 901-820-7296 for more information.
“I am glad that I contacted Dr. Janjua when I did,” said Lynda. “He and the hospital staff were kind and caring. I had the procedure just two weeks ago and there is such a big difference. I’m doing more and more every day and am once again keeping up with my grandchildren!”