“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.

That injury landed Cindy in the emergency room where she was finally diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.), a limb-threatening circulatory condition where narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs.

“Dr. Lam was on the team who handled my diagnosis and ultimately the amputation of my left leg,” said Cindy. “I lost a leg but Dr. Lam literally saved my life. I was dying before he got there and I am so grateful that he was there and had the knowledge and experience to help me, not only to save my other leg, but to save my life.”

Cindy is a mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother to two young boys. She still battles some health issues but regularly visits Dr. Lam to keep her PAD under control. “He is a godsend,” she said. “If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be alive. When issues come up, Dr. Lam and his wonderful staff help me resolve them so I can keep going and living my life.”

Today, Cindy focuses on her health more than ever. She eats a healthy diet, stays active and spends time with the people she loves. “I appreciate all that Dr. Lam and his staff have done for me,” she said. “I would never move away or change doctors. Because of Dr. Lam, I am alive and able to enjoy what’s left of my life.”

What You Need to Know About PAD

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a sign of fatty deposits and calcium building up in the walls of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Risk factors include aging, diabetes, and smoking. Symptoms often include leg pain, particularly when walking.

Quitting smoking, exercising more, and eating a healthy diet are often successful treatments. When these changes aren’t enough, Dr. Lam, Dallas vascular surgeon, and his team of vascular specialists at Lam Vascular and Associates surgery can help.

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*Woman pictured not actual patient

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