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Blood Clot Intervention

It began as pain in his right leg, specifically the calf. Jim Crabtree, 56, suffers from spinal stenosis so he knows about tolerating pain. The next day the pain in his leg was much more severe and his leg had become swollen and discolored.

It began as pain in his right leg, specifically the calf. Jim Crabtree, 56, suffers from spinal stenosis so he knows about tolerating pain. The next day the pain in his leg was much more severe and his leg had become swollen and discolored. “My leg was actually numb and purple. The pain was so bad I was drifting in and out of consciousness,” Jim recalls.

Jim had his friend transport him to Miami Valley Hospital. Once in a room, nurses and physicians worked quickly to stabilize him, address his pain and begin the blood thinner, Heparin. An ultrasound indicated Jim had blood clots. He was immediately transferred to The Medical Imaging Interventional Center. Dr. Shannon Kauffman was Jim’s interventional radiologist. “He informed me of exactly what they would be doing. He explained everything step by step,” said Jim. The procedure Jim had is called a catheter directed lower extremity venous thrombolysis, which essentially dissolves the clots, allowing blood flow to resume. The procedure ended up being close to eight hours but Dr. Kauffman stopped after four hours to give Jim some much-needed rest.

Jim has nothing but gratitude for the entire Interventional Radiology team. “The nurse never left my side and she could absolutely read my body language. I was very uncomfortable and in a great deal of pain, plus I was having big issues with nausea,” he said. “She knew when to put more anti-nausea medicine into my IV and more pain meds. She rubbed my head, my neck, back and even my chest. It was like she was reading my mind. She knew where I was hurting and when.”

After finding additional clots in Jim’s left leg, Dr. Steven Conover resumed the procedure the following day. “He told me he’s a wood worker and so am I so we talked about that and it really relaxed me,” recalls Jim. “He had a good sense of humor which was very helpful. And the same nurse was back monitoring my pain and nausea. I like to call her my guardian angel.”

After a week at Miami Valley Hospital, Jim is back on his feet and doing well. “There was even talk of amputation, but here I am with my legs.” Jim said, “I was treated like a king. They found out I love coffee and always had a cup of coffee ready for me. I love Miami Valley Hospital.”

Content Updated: December 5, 2014

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Diagnostics & Imaging Services.
Diagnostics and Imaging - Breast Center at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Health Center Greenville
742 Sweitzer St. Suite 3 Greenville, OH  45331
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Health Center Huber Heights
6251 Miami Valley Way Suite 140 and 215 Huber Heights, OH  45424
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital Breast Center
One Wyoming St. Suite 4120 Dayton, OH  45409
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Suite 100 Englewood, OH  45415
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital South Breast Center
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Suite 200 Centerville, OH  45459
Diagnostics and Imaging at SureCare Medical Center
360 W. Central Ave. Springboro, OH  45066
Diagnostics and Imaging in Beavercreek
2619 Commons Blvd. Suite 102 Beavercreek, OH  45431
Diagnostics and Imaging in Beavercreek
1244 Meadow Bridge Dr. Beavercreek, OH  45434
Diagnostics and Imaging in Jamestown
4940 Cottonville Rd. Jamestown, OH  45335
Diagnostics and Imaging in Springboro
630 N. Main St. Springboro, OH  45066
Diagnostics and Imaging on Needmore
1530 Needmore Rd. Suite 301 Dayton, OH  45414
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