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Irishman with Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) Finds Leg-, Life-Saving Treatment In Columbus, Ohio

If it wasn't for Bill Doherty's persistence to seek out the best treatment options available to him, he realizes he could be without a leg today. Bill's proactive efforts led him to revolutionary P.A.D. treatments taking place across the Atlantic at Riverside Methodist Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, where a team of experts used an advanced procedure to save his limb. During the minimally invasive procedure, they also found and opened a major artery supplying blood to his heart that was 85 percent blocked, potentially saving his life in the process.

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) January 13, 2008 - Bill Doherty, of Ennis, County Clare, in Ireland, suffered from frequent leg and foot pain. When he saw his doctor in Ireland, he was diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.), caused by fatty build-up collecting along the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the limbs. Tests revealed a 20-centimeter blockage in Bill's leg.

PAD Facts

  • Lower-extremity P.A.D., characterized by clogged arteries in the legs, is a serious disease that affects about 8 million Americans, according to the Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D) Coalition.
  • These blockages are the same as those found in the heart and neck and can result in stroke, heart attack, amputation and death.
A 52-year old avid golfer and busy executive, he wasn't done using his leg, he says. Dissatisfied with the treatment options presented by his doctors in Ireland, Bill set out to find the best treatment option for him. After talking with some friends and doing his own research, Bill learned about the advanced treatments taking place across the ocean at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, which has become a world leader in critical limb care.

Through Riverside Methodist's Critical Limb Care Program, a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and other specialists use catheter-based procedures with stents and angioplasty to open up arteries and restore blood flow to limbs. The patient receives all diagnostic tests, treatment and follow-up through this team of specialists, creating a one-of-a-kind, simple, one-stop process for patients.

Critical Limb Care Program Facts

  • Riverside Methodist Hospital's Critical Limb Care program is the first of its kind in the nation, providing a complete range of centralized vascular care, including screening and diagnostic services, medical management, revascularization therapies, follow-up surveillance and lower extremity wound care.

  • According to Riverside Methodist Hospital, it is one of the nation's top centers for the treatment of P.A.D., performing nearly 2,500 procedures a year with a 90 percent success rate.

Gary Ansel, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Riverside Methodist Hospital and director of the Critical Limb Care Program, treated Bill using a stent to open up the blockage in his leg. Dr. Ansel found and treated an 85 percent blockage in a major artery supplying blood to Bill's heart and a small obstruction in his subclavian artery supplying blood to his head and arms. These blockages could have been fatal if they hadn't been discovered.

Today, Bill is grateful that he got a second opinion and researched his situation to find an advanced procedure that saved his leg and his life, even if it meant traveling 3,500 miles from Ireland to Columbus, Ohio, for treatment.

Quotes attributable to chief investigator Gary Ansel, MD, a Riverside Methodist interventional cardiologist:

  • "Previously, many patients had to undergo leg bypass surgery to treat these blockages. Now we can treat the same population non-surgically with a minimally invasive procedure using a catheter."

  • "Advanced P.A.D. disease is more deadly than breast cancer and almost as deadly as colon cancer. That's why we are taking an aggressive approach."

Quotes attributable to Bill Doherty, patient at Riverside Methodist Hospital:

  • "This procedure is magic. The day before, I could walk only 100 yards and the day after I was walking in downtown Columbus. The team at Riverside allowed me to gain full mobility."

  • "My experience at Riverside was different because I got all of my tests done in one day and in one place."

About Riverside Methodist Hospital

Riverside Methodist Hospital is a regional destination hospital in Columbus, Ohio, that is home to a number of top specialty centers including Heart and Vascular Services, Neuroscience Services, Cancer Services, Women's Health Services, Emergency and Trauma Services, Hand and Microvascular Surgery, Orthopedics, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Imaging and Bariatric Surgery. Riverside Methodist is nationally recognized for quality care, innovative treatments and reputation for excellence, consistently ranking on prestigious national lists such as the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals" list. Serving patients since 1892, the 1,000-bed, teaching hospital employs nearly 5,800 people and has a top-notch medical staff of more than 1,300 experienced physicians who deliver advanced healthcare to nearly 50,000 inpatients and 775,000 outpatients each year.

Riverside Methodist Hospital is a member of OhioHealth, a nationally recognized, not-for-profit charitable, healthcare organization serving and supported by the community that was named by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2007 and 2008. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is a family of 17 hospitals, 20 health and surgery centers, home-health providers, medical equipment and health service suppliers throughout a 40-county area. For more information, please visit our Web site at


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