Patient Stories

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Finding the Will to Live Again: Terry’s Vascular Surgery Story

Terry of Garland admits he lived a little hard when he was younger. “I’m just happy I lived this long,” said Terry, age 70, with a little chuckle.

A Type 2 diabetic, he was dealing with significant leg pain and cramping. It was beginning to affect his life negatively but all his doctors were unable to determine the source. “It got to where I couldn’t even walk around the grocery store with my wife anymore,” he said. “I just had to sit in the car.”

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Keeping up with the Grandkids: Cliff’s Vascular Surgery Story

Forney native, Cliff had a hard time “living.” As a fire inspector for the last 45 years, it was difficult for Cliff to climb stairs or walk for long periods of time.

After suffering for years, Cliff finally gave in and went to his local family doctor to have his left foot checked out. His doctor confirmed that he barely had any blood flow and recommended that he see Dr. Cassidy Duran of Lam Vascular and Associates.

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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.

Jeff’s journey to becoming a patient at Lam Vascular and Associates is long and winding, but he is glad to have made it. “Dr. Lam is my number one doctor and everyone at his office takes such good care of me,” said Jeff, from the front porch of his home in Waxahachie. “He has gotten me out of some serious jams in the six years I have been seeing him.”

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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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