One week ago today I underwent surgery to repair my left common iliac artery. As a result of training and an uncharacteristically long vessel, over time I developed a kink in the artery. Scar tissue had started to build up and increase the blockage further.
The kink has now been removed. My surgeon in Vancouver, Dr. David Taylor, essentially cut it out. He used a vein from my foot to reconstruct the artery, making it shorter and wider. The first 2 days post surgery were pretty rough but thanks to the pain medication I don’t remember much. Since then I have been feeling better each day. I still walk around like a 90 year old but the incision in my abdomen is healing well and the pain has been much more tolerable.
My parents are in town right now which has been a huge help to Kelly and I. I’ve been getting spoiled!
Here’s a couple pictures. One from the hospital and another recent one with the bandage now removed.