Revolutionary ‘2 in 1’ Intervention Saves Leg Mobility for 75-Year-Old Patient: Success Story of Tam Anh General Hospital’s Cardiovascular Center

Clogged blood vessels in his legs prevented him from walking

On April 18, Dr. Le Van Tuyen from the Vascular Intervention Center and Cardiovascular Center at Tam Anh General Hospital announced that Mr. Minh, a 75-year-old patient, had undergone a unique “2 in 1” intervention to treat an artery blockage in his lower limbs that caused leg pain and made it impossible for him to walk.

When Mr. Minh arrived at the hospital, he was unable to move his legs due to severe blockages in the arteries of both lower extremities. The iliac artery, femoral artery, and below-the-knee artery were all occluded, leading to severe anemia in both legs if not completely treated. Multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) angiography showed obstruction and calcification of the arteries in both lower extremities.

Dr. Nguyen Anh Dung, head of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Cardiovascular Center, explained that Mr. Minh’s age and medical history made him worry about his ability to withstand major surgery. As a result, doctors decided to combine surgery and endovascular intervention for the patient’s treatment. Within two hours, the doctor bypassed the long-term blockage of the left leg artery and placed a stent at the site of occlusion in the left iliac artery. The team then revascularized the right thigh with small incisions using endovascular intervention techniques.

After the procedure, Mr. Minh experienced no more pain or numbness in both feet and was able to learn how to walk again after three days in hospital care. A follow-up examination revealed that blood perfusion indexes were normal and bridging sites had been placed while stents had been put in place for smooth flow throughout both legs’ arteries

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