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Patient Stories

Back in Her Beautiful Shoes

When Sandra was in Nice, France, gazing and walking around the historic architecture, she started experiencing horrible cramping in her left leg. Cramping so painful she had to sit down often and no longer felt comfortable exploring the city alone.

When she returned home, she immediately made an appointment with her family doctor. At the time, she was living in Alabama, so her doctor recommended a vascular surgeon in her town.

Her local vascular doctor diagnosed her with Peripheral Artery Disease, but did not provide any treatment.

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99 and Going Strong: Frank’s Story

When Frank, a retired newspaperman, had to start restricting his driving and was told he needed to stay off his beloved John Deere tractor, he knew it was time to do something about his PAD (peripheral artery disease). The condition made his legs feel heavy and caused him significant pain, especially at night.

Sure, he’ll be 100 years old in January, but that’s no reason to accept leg pain and stop mowing his own lawn (an acre)! Frank and his wife Jeanie went to see Dr. Russell Lam for help.

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Mack’s Angels

Mack, a resident of Sulphur Springs, was working as an automotive technician and as an assistant minister when he had to undergo quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2010.

After his surgery, Mack started experiencing significant pain in his legs. Every time he worked out or climbed the stairs, he felt a jabbing sensation shoot through his legs.

During a follow-up appointment with his cardiologist, he noticed significant blockage in both legs. Mack’s cardiologist attempted three times to remove the plaque but was unsuccessful.

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Trading the Cane in for a Fishing Pole

Reginald Davis of Texarkana, Arkansas described what walking used to feel like to him; “It was like dragging cement,” he said. Laboriously slow and difficult work.

But today, his cane has been traded in for his fishing pole. He is able to comfortably walk the trails with his grandchildren, seeking out the perfect fishing spot.

Why the dramatic turnaround? A fortuitous encounter with Dr. Russell Lam of Lam Vascular and Associates.

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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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