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When Betty Warren from Hartsville was experiencing pain in her left leg while walking, she went to see McLeod Vascular Surgeon Dr. Carmen Piccolo. She and her family were shocked when he informed them that with the severity of her blockages, he may have to amputate her leg.
“That certainly was not the outcome we were expecting,” said Betty. “He made no promises to us but said he would try to save my leg.”
Anyone consistently experiencing leg pain, particularly when walking or exercising, which goes away after a few minutes of rest may be suffering from Peripheral Arterial Disease. Other symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease include numbness and tingling in the lower legs and feet, coldness in the lower legs and feet, and ulcers or sores on the legs and feet that do not heel.
Anyone can develop Peripheral Arterial Disease, but it occurs most often in people who are older than 50 and have a family history of heart or vascular disease.
“When Peripheral Arterial Disease occurs, the arteries that carry blood to the arms and legs become clogged, slowing or stopping the flow of blood,” said Dr. Piccolo. “The disease affects the legs more often than the arms, but it could occur in either. Many people live with the symptoms – such as pain or numbness in the legs or arms – because they mistakenly believe it is a normal part of aging. Peripheral Arterial Disease does not have to be a part of growing older.”
The blockages were more severe than Dr. Piccolo even suspected. What was anticipated to be a two hour surgery took more than six hours. Betty’s family waited patiently in the Surgical Waiting Room. When the surgery was finished, Dr. Piccolo visited with them and shared the good news that he was able to save Betty’s leg.
Betty said the follow-up care from Dr. Piccolo was exemplary and any phone calls with questions were answered promptly. Betty’s leg has fully recovered, and her three sons and eight grandchildren are pleased that her quality of life has been sustained.
“My advice to anyone who is experiencing pain in their legs is to not brush it off as a normal sign of growing old,” said Betty. “Talk to your doctor about seeing a vascular surgeon before risking the loss of your leg like I almost did.
“I would recommend Dr. Piccolo and McLeod to anyone in need of vascular care. Dr. Piccolo is a physician who puts his patients first.”
Betty added. “I like to spend part of my day watching my soap operas and game shows like The Price is Right, but I am so thankful I still have my two legs to get me where I want to go.”