Patient Stories


Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat: Howard’s Story

What does it mean to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Assuming we’re not talking about actual magic. MacMillan Dictionary describes it this way; “to do something unexpected but ingeniously effective in response to a problem”.

Yep. That’s what he did.

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“Dr. Lam Saved My Life:” Cindy’s Story

Dr. Lam doesn’t just save legs; he saves lives. Cindy Blakely, lifetime Mesquite, Texas resident, can attest to this. Here’s her story.

In October of 2016, Cindy started to experience significant pain in her left hip. With no real ideas about what was causing the debilitating pain that was robbing Cindy of her ability to walk, her primary care physician recommended in-house rehabilitation.

During this time, Cindy accidentally rolled over her own foot with her wheelchair. Painful, yes; but ultimately, the mishap might have saved her life.

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Six Years of Saving: Jeff’s Story

William Jefferson “Jeff” Bryant has an infectiously positive outlook on life. In spite of many health challenges, the 71 year old Waxahachie resident is full time caregiver to his elderly father and in his spare time, he mows, not only his own yard, but the yards of two neighbors as well.

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Grateful for a Second Chance: Randall’s Story

When Crandall, Texas resident Randall Vinard was mowing his lawn in 2010, he noticed his calves cramping in a way he hadn’t felt before. To be safe, he mentioned it when he saw his podiatrist a few days later for an unrelated issue.

Due to some discoloration in one of his toes, the podiatrist referred Mr. Vinard to Dr. Russell Lam of Lam Vascular and Associates – a move Mr. Vinard feels ultimately saved his leg and maybe even his life.

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104 Years Old and “Champion” Strong

Lillian Champion lives up to her name. At 104 years old, she lives with her daughter and granddaughter in Dallas, Texas. Lillian exercises 45 minutes each day (including walking and weight training), prepares her own lunch, gives plenty of instructions in the kitchen, and refuses to use a wheelchair, preferring to walk wherever she needs to go, thank you very much. What a champion!

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Second Opinion Proves Valuable for P.A.D. Patient: Rebecca’s Story

In early 2015, Rebecca began experiencing increasing pain in her left leg as a result of peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.). Three years prior, Rebecca had extensive bypass surgery to improve blood flow to her left leg. The doctor she was seeing at that time ordered a sonogram and the test revealed blockage near the site of the by-pass.

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Newfound Confidence After Varicose Vein Treatment: Autumn McSwain’s Story

For the first time in 18 years, Autumn McSwain can wear shorts and not be embarrassed by the large, rope-like varicose veins that covered both of her legs.

“I can’t tell you how great it felt to finally put shorts on,” says Autumn, a 39-year-old mom of four children. “My legs always looked like they were black and blue, so I wore jeans, even in the summer.”

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Patient Story: Harvey Spurrell

Harvey Spurrell’s doctor told him that there was nothing further that could be done to restore blood flow to his left foot. He should simply go home and accept that eventually his foot would have to be amputated.

But his wife, a retired nurse, refused to believe this was their only option. “She said to me, ‘If someone told me I was going to lose my limb, I would go to the ends of the earth to find something that could be done about it,’” says Spurrell.

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Patient Story: Johnnie

“I had three major surgeries between April 4 and July 15 in 2014, all performed by Dr. Lam. He put stents in both my legs and performed a blood clot bypass.

I live in the extreme southeastern part of Oklahoma, about 18 miles from the Texas line. I am retired and 86 years old. However, when I walk into Dr. Lam’s office, I am not treated like an old lady. I am treated with respect and dignity, as if I am no different than the young patients who must see him.”

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