A Holbeach pensioner has become the first Lincolnshire patient to be treated within the county using a new technique for a potentially life-threatening condition.
Terence Weston (71) suffered with an AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm which forms when the main artery weakens and expands) and underwent surgery to strengthen the artery wall, preventing it from rupturing.
He is the first patient to be treated within the county using a technique that involves small incisions being made and a stent put in through the artery to strengthen the wall. AAAs are most common in men aged 65 and over and they can rupture suddenly, leading to death.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) screens patients as part of a national screening programme to ensure AAAs are picked up and treated to prevent rupture.
Previously, when an AAA was detected, patients then had to travel to hospitals outside of the county to have the AAA repaired using keyhole surgery.
This operation was carried out by vascular surgeons Nityanand Arya and Peter Lee Chong and interventional radiologist, Dr Guerino Centini, alongside two consultants from Leicester University Hospitals NHS Trust who are working in partnership with ULHT to develop the service.
It’s one of the first partnerships between two NHS trusts and is being upheld as an example to other trusts.
Dr Centini said: “We’re very excited to be bringing this new technique to Lincolnshire. It uses the latest in modern technology and provides Lincolnshire patients with a life-saving procedure closer to home.
“The very first procedure was carried out in November and went extremely smoothly, with an excellent immediate result for Mr Weston.”
Mr Arya said: “Mr Weston was reluctant to travel outside the county to have this keyhole treatment. We’re pleased that we now have facilities for the operation as well as follow-up of these patients within the county.”
Mr Weston said: “I am so grateful to the surgeons who carried out my operation. To be able to have this done in my local hospital was fantastic as it meant I didn’t have to travel as far, my family and friends were able to come to visit and I felt a lot more comfortable being somewhere that was more familiar to me.
“I have to say a heartfelt thank you to all the staff involved in the operation and to all those who looked after me.
“Mr Arya is one-in-a-million, he is the best with the best team ever.
“This has been a wonderful experience and there are wonderful nurses on the ward also.”
Dr Guy Fishwick, consultant interventional radiologist at University Hospitals Leicester said: “It is fantastic that we are embracing new technology for vascular services in Lincolnshire that will save patients long trips whilst reducing the post-operative length of stay.”
The service is the culmination of months of hard work between the two hospital Trusts in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.