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“My leg turned very cold, and it was painful. I knew there was something wrong,” recalls Dick Lambertson. Three years ago, the 79-year-old began having trouble with his left leg. Soon after that, he noticed a problem in his right leg, too.

 “I found out there was a blockage in my artery.”

Dick and his wife June are in the daylily business. The Lambertsons hybridize the flowers, start the seeds and sell them in the summertime at their pond-front home in Thompson.

“Dick couldn't walk and do his activities to take care of his farm,” says Dr. Steven Busuttil, a vascular surgeon at Geisinger Community Medical Center. "He could have been at risk of losing his legs.”  

A scan of Dick’s abdominal aorta, the largest artery in the abdomen, revealed a severe blockage. In September 2018, Dick had surgery to replace his aorta and restore the blood flow to his legs.

Today, Dick, shown here cozy at home with June and their pup Jackpot, is ready to get back to planning his flower garden after the surgery that may have saved his limbs.

"I'm just glad it's over," he says. "Now I can get prepared for next summer."

High-quality heart and vascular care for patients

Patients who need vascular care or treatment to repair blockages, like Dick Lambertson, can now be treated at Geisinger’s Heart and Vascular Center in Scranton. The $4 million, 10,000-square-foot space opened in December 2018, merging the cardiac and vascular offices that used to be off campus. The Center will specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions and vascular diseases. 
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Dick Lambertson, wife June and pup Jackpot in their Thompson home.

Get care with vascular surgery 

For a referral to a caring Geisinger vascular surgeon, call 800-275-6401.