J. Ross Quigley
Medipac International Inc.
It was exciting to learn that I was a candidate for a special
stent called aMedtronic Endurant 2 and that they would
not have to cut 14- to 18-inch holes in my stomach to
fix me. Just a couple of small, three-inch incisions could
be made and in the stents would go. That sounded very
good to me. We do hundreds of stents in the U.S. for our
clients every year and I had never heard of a really bad
result. Most of those stents are to keep arteries around
your heart open and they are really medical miracles.
My assumption was that they would put two holes
in my legs and I knew that my legs are tough as nails
from childhood and would handle the cuts easily. I had
delusions of walking out of the hospital on the same day.
Not quite! The incisions were in my groin, about three
inches belowmy belly button. I won’t bore you with the
little green-and-pink morphine-based pills that did not
work, or the powerful Tylenols that did not work. My
first real pain relief was five days in, with a simple Advil.
Who would ever have thought that a simple Advil could
be so impressive. Here I am three weeks later and I am
finally feeling great.
My two new friends and their incredible team of 10 or
12 nurses and doctors were amazing. The operating
room would be at home on the space station, with all
the fancy machines and equipment…and it was spotless.
Their explanations were excellent. I am a glutton for
information and facts, as you know, and I felt safe and
secure at all times while in their care. This stuff is routine
for these guys and they are indeed, experts.
While chatting the time away, I found out that Dr. Papia
was at the leading edge of performing stent-like opera-
tions on the feet and legs of serious diabetics. This can
reduce the amputations required by a huge percentage
and it costs about $10,000 to save someone’s foot or
leg. It costs about $75,000 to do the amputation and
the government is “reviewing” the procedure to see if
they might pay for it. This could take forever – it always
does – because it involves spending money; even though
it is actually saving money. I have placed an article of
explanation next to this one, and I would ask that if
any of you have some extra cash sitting around, this is
a great way to use it. I am looking at trying to save 15
feet this year; can you imagine how these people will
feel when they find out that they will not lose their foot?
How many could you save?
This magazine is sent to all elected politicians, so perhaps
they can speed approval of the procedure along and you
can help by talking to them, too.
And tell your diabetic friends that there are other real
possibilities out there, but that they must comply with
their diets first.
Thanks, Joe and Seamus!
And Libby and Marlene, too.
And Dr. Maggisano and…everyone else.
I recently met two gentlemen by the names of Giuseppe Papia and Seamus
McHugh, both wonderful people, but it was not under the best of circumstances.
You see, they were both doctors and the meeting place was an operating room
at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. I finally had to get my abdominal aortic
aneurysm repaired; it had reached the critical stage of more than 5.5 centimetres
in diameter and length. Any larger and it may burst, leaving an empty chair at
our dinner table.
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