A patient expresses deep gratitude for the doctor who gave him pain relief after almost 5 years of looking for a solution.
Radek Kuczmierowski is a 72-year old big rig truck driver from Surprise, Arizona. Radek was first diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) in 2017 when he visited an area specialist for the intense pain he was feeling in his left leg. What followed was a frustrating series of doctors and procedures, 6 to be exact, none of which provided any relief. Radek received his 6th procedure in April of 2021 after which he said the pain was so extreme he could no longer stand it. He immediately called his physician to let him know how much pain he was in and was told he could not be seen for another 2 weeks.
Desperate for help, Radek called Medicare who suggested he find a new specialist to evaluate him. In July, Radek went to an endovascular specialist in Glendale hoping for a fresh start but was once again he was disappointed when he was told that there was nothing that could be done using endovascular procedures. He would have to go to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and the wait would be 4 more months. He was told that open surgery was his only option, but Radek still wasn’t sure.
Unable to fathom waiting 4 months to see another doctor, Radek turned to the internet and found Dr. Anthony Pozun of Modern Vascular practicing in his own neighborhood of Surprise, AZ, just a couple of miles from his home. Radek knew his luck was changing as he had an opportunity to tell his story to a member of the clinic team.
“You are my last hope,” he told the clinic scheduler. They got him in to see Dr. Pozun right away.
Dr. Pozun knew immediately that he could make a real difference in Radek’s life. “I was really moved by his perseverance. This is a guy who was really fighting for his quality of life. I couldn’t imagine not helping him.” Soon after Dr. Pozun performed a 7th and final endovascular procedure on Radek’s left leg. During the procedure, he inserted a stent to make sure the artery stayed open.
Radek said the pain relief was immediate. “I knew as soon as I woke up, the surgery had been a success. I was home the same day and by the next day, I was walking pain-free. I walk 10,000 steps every day, sometimes 20,000.” says Radek with pride, “I am extremely happy with my outcome. Imagine after so many years, I am finally pain-free, and the solution was right here in my neighborhood. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Pozun and Modern Vascular to anyone.”
These days Radek is back on the road in his big rig and has a packed schedule, but he took the time to be interviewed for this article because he wanted to say thanks and share his story with others who may have given up hope.
Watch Radek’s video testimonial: