Vascular Patient Story - Health Education

Getting checked out pays off

Bruce Erickson knew something wasn’t right when he experienced severe leg pain every time he went for long walks. Thinking the pain was from a previous surgery, Bruce put off getting it checked out and simply learned to live with the discomfort.


After he’d had enough of dealing with it, he went to Fairview Clinics – Burnsville for a checkup. Bruce got right in to see his favorite nurse practitioner, Sherri Fuller, who was glad he made an appointment. After discussing his symptoms with Sherri and following an initial exam, Sherri recommended Bruce undergo an ultrasound to see if it could pinpoint what was causing his pain.

When the ultrasound indicated a serious circulation issue in a major leg artery — located in his thigh — Bruce was referred to cardiologists Charles Kim, MD, and Eric Ernst, MD, at University of Minnesota Physicians Heart for a CT scan.

Although he had heart surgery in 2004, Bruce wasn’t experiencing any similar warning signs such as high cholesterol and triglycerides so the referral surprised him. “The CT scan showed there was major blockage in my femoral artery— no question,” Bruce recalls. “That was definitely the issue, and they said I needed surgery to have a stent placed in my leg.”

After learning he needed surgery, Bruce was glad to hear that he could have his procedure close to home in Burnsville at Minnesota Vascular Clinic (conveniently located on the Fairview Ridges Hospital campus). He came to see surgeon Christopher Roland, MD, who performed the stent surgery in early July. It did the trick— Bruce’s pain cleared up “right away” following the procedure.

Looking back on the situation, Bruce says he’s glad he had his leg checked out before the situation became more serious and appreciates the personal attention he received throughout his treatment.

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If you’re at risk for PAD or experiencing symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor. An appointment with our vascular specialists includes a consultation and further testing if necessary. Call 952-929-6994 to set up an appointment, or visit the Minnesota Vascular Clinic website for more information.

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