For two years the pain in Margie S.’s legs was so bad that she couldn’t walk up the steps in her Mayfair home in Northeast Philadelphia without stopping. That was also the case when she tried to walk next door, or around her block, with her two young grandsons. "Sit down," she would tell them. "Mom-mom has to sit."
However, with a new granddaughter on the way—ultimately one more child to chase after—Margie knew she had to do something about her problem. So the 56-year- old mother of three discussed her condition with her family doctor. He recommended that she see Frank A. Schmieder, MD, a Temple vascular surgeon at Jeanes Hospital, which is only a 10-minute drive from her home.
After tests showed that significant plaque had built up in Snyder's abdominal aorta and the artery extending down into her pelvis, late last April Dr. Schmieder restored the blood flow to her legs with a highly innovative artificial graft that bypassed her aortic and arterial blockages.