Back To Her Stride

One day, Pamela Jones would love to be able to walk around Cedar Point with her son and not have to worry about pain in her legs.

With the help of Dr. Krishna Mannava, board-certified vascular surgeon at Fairfield Medical Center, she’s optimistic that day will eventually come.

Vascular Surgery PamSince 2010, Jones has been living with peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is caused by plaque build-up in the peripheral arteries, most commonly in the pelvis and legs. Over time, the plaque can harden and narrow the arteries, blocking blood flow. Common symptoms of PAD are cramping, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles while climbing stairs. Severe PAD can lead to non-healing wounds, chronic pain and even amputation.

Jones, who has had multiple surgeries on her legs, said the pain makes it difficult for her to do even the most minimal of tasks, such as walking to the mailbox or doing dishes at the sink.

“Pam has had numerous interventions, including angioplasties, laser treatments, several stents and even a bypass operation due to severe recurrent peripheral arterial disease,” Dr. Mannava said. “She has quit smoking and tries to remain active, but has been limited by her recurrent treatment failures.”

In February, Jones, 57, was given renewed hope when she became the first patient at FMC to receive a new type of stent placed by Dr. Mannava into an artery in her left leg. The stent releases a drug that helps maintain blood flow through a bypass in Jones’ left leg. The bypass helps reroute the blood supply around a blocked artery.

“Pamela has been doing very well since her stent was placed,” Dr. Mannava said. “Hopefully, with the new stent, we can achieve a more long-term success and allow her to live a full, pain-free life.”

Jones said she’s grateful for the care she has received from Dr. Mannava.

“I appreciate the time he’s spent with me,” she said. “He is a truly caring doctor.”

Jones said ever since this procedure, she has been more mobile and her leg is feeling better. Within just a few weeks of her surgery, she was even able to go to the store and walk around for a few hours without having to sit down.

“I keep thinking this is my retirement and, darn it, I’m going to have fun,” said the Williamsport resident. “I don’t want to spend it in a wheelchair.”

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