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Vascular Treatment Mends Arteries
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009

Kerrville retiree resumes lifestyle

Living in pain and struggling to walk, Will Aymond of Kerrville underwent a critical vascular procedure in the operating room at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg by Joseph Vinas, MD, and he successfully resumed a lifestyle he feared lost. 

At his worst, Aymond had pain in his legs that became so severe he couldn’t bear to stand or walk. He would wake up during the night with intense cramps. He said, “Life was miserable.” For a man who had worked hard all his life as a petroleum engineer, he expected more in his retirement years.

Aymond’s wife had died at 47 to cancer and he will tell you he was fortunate to remarry, Rochelle, a widow herself. With his four kids and her six, they had ten together, and now, twelve grandchildren. He didn’t want his leg pain to hamper his contributions in their lives. He wanted to be there for them. He also had learned wood-working as a young boy and was now able to devote time to his hobby. He made Tivy Antler Christmas ornaments, pristine wooden bowls and decorative items he and Rochelle would sell at trading events.

He tried to keep going, but he could no longer stand at his work bench. He was faced with losing his lifestyle. A strong, proud man, who had once used his legs to excavate oil and enjoy life, he was deeply saddened at the prospect of losing the majority of their function. He also contemplated the burden he would become on Rochelle.

Aymond prayed for answers and he said he was blessed to find vascular surgeon Dr. Vinas of Texas Hills Vascular Specialists. The surgeon said Aymond’s troubled arteries were too weak to support stents, so he recommended a cryo vein bypass implant for his left leg. Aymond was uneasy about the concept, but he put his trust in Dr. Vinas, and the implant was performed.

That was over three years ago, and today, the implanted artery is still doing well.

Then it was time to work on his right leg. A high school motorcycle accident had plagued him most of his life, and the injury exacerbated. Dr. Vinas implanted an artificial artery at Hill Country Memorial Hospital.         

The procedure went well too, and Aymond was able to get back on his feet. He moves around his workshop, makes his wares, still gives some away and still stands side-by-side with his sweetheart.

“I told Dr. Vinas,” Aymond said, “If I ever have anything else done, I’m going to the Fredericksburg hospital. The service was excellent, and everywhere I went, from lab to x-ray, everybody there was just terrific, even the food was excellent. Most of all, I could tell the people who cared for me were interested in me.”

Will walks around his home workshop with relevant ease. He’s still doing what he loves. “We recently had a grandchild get married, so great-grandchildren aren’t far away.” There maybe some wooden rattles and rocking horses in their future.

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