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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.

“He suggested that I return in four months for further testing. When I inquired as to options if further surgery was required and if the by-pass was failing, the doctor was reluctant to discuss the options at that time.” says Rebecca, a retired legal assistant.

Rebecca’s internist referred her to Dr. Russell Lam for a second opinion.

“I was impressed with Dr. Lam’s directness. He listened to me. I wanted to know my options, and he answered my questions in a straightforward manner,” says Rebecca.

Dr. Lam suggested surgery which involved the possibility of placing another stent at the site of the blockage. He also explained that this type of blockage was not unusual with a by-pass. Less than two weeks later, Rebecca had undergone the procedure and was recovering as anticipated. She was also assured by Dr. Lam that her original by-pass was still good.

Rebecca was impressed with the attentiveness of Dr. Lam and his staff following her procedure. She was also impressed with the accessibility of Dr. Lam’s office. She said Dr. Lam’s office phone was answered by a receptionist who took messages regarding her questions or appointment needs and her calls were returned promptly by staff members.

Today, Rebecca is experiencing less pain and enjoying an active lifestyle that includes yoga and lots of walking.

“I think with my condition it would be unreasonable to expect to be pain free and I am happy that Dr. Lam didn’t feel that we needed to redo the bypass,” says Rebecca. “I’m very impressed with everyone in his office. Their kind and compassionate manner helped me to feel comfortable and secure both before and after the procedure.

Learn more about Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.), here.

Learn more about Dr. Russell Lam, here.