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Doctors open amputation prevention center
A group of local doctors are hoping to stay a step ahead of one the most serious prognoses a patient can receive.
Interventional cardiologists Dr. Jihad Mustapha and Dr. Fadi Saab have partnered to launch Advanced Cardiac and Vascular Amputation Prevention Centers in Grand Rapids.
Located at 1525 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Suite 101, in Grand Rapids, the practice has been accepting patients since February.
ACV Centers has a special concentration on treating peripheral artery disease and the complications of critical limb ischemia.
The 10,000-square-foot facility was renovated to include two Symphony Suite endovascular labs that provide radiation education, enhanced imaging capabilities and the ability to visualize many imaging modalities simultaneously. It also has eight exam rooms, three venous procedure rooms and the ability to provide a broad spectrum of vascular testing.
Cost of opening the center was not disclosed.
Project manager was Jim Hollenbeck from Spectra Consulting, and the contractor was Orion Construction. Fifth Third Bank provided financing.
Mustapha and Saab, an uncle-nephew duo, have a combined 22 years of practice saving “hundreds of feet and legs from amputation.”
Nicknamed “The Leg Savers,” they have been joined by Dr. Syed Alam, a vascular surgeon from Kalamazoo, and Elizabeth Sayers, a physician assistant, to provide personalized and comprehensive cardiac, vascular and vein care.
The doctors work to remove blockages from arteries, returning blood flow and improving circulation. Using “leading-edge technology and tools” — some of which have been pioneered by Mustapha — ACV physicians perform the full spectrum of endovascular cardiac and endovascular and surgical vascular procedures.
They partner with primary care providers, podiatrists and wound care professionals to treat all aspects of cardiac and vascular health.
“Our mission is simple: We want to heal patients who receive the devastating news that they may lose a limb,” Mustapha said. “For the past decade, I have been privileged to focus my practice on developing successful interventions for PAD and CLI, helping restore circulation while preventing amputations.
“We wanted the opportunity to create a space where we can provide medical care that saves limbs — and lives — and puts our patients back in control of their health. Establishing ACV Centers allows us to provide highly personalized care to each patient, giving us the time we need to focus on our patients with vascular issues.”
They said PAD is a common circulation problem that occurs when arteries become narrowed or blocked, restricting blood flow to feet, legs and other areas. Those who smoke, have diabetes or chronic kidney disease, or suffer from high blood pressure or high cholesterol are susceptible PAD. Left untreated, PAD can lead to tissue loss, gangrene, amputations and eventual death.
Mustapha and Saab said they have made it their lives’ work to treat PAD and prevent amputations. A recent letter published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions, authored by Mustapha and the CLI Global Society Board, shared study results showing the mortality rate after a CLI diagnosis is higher than five-year rates for many kinds of cancer.
“The statistics are not good, which makes the work we are doing to diagnose and treat PAD and CLI even more urgent,” Saab said. “ACV Centers is dedicated to preventing amputations — and to extending lives.
“Our patients often come to us seeking a second opinion after amputation is recommended. Prevention can be the solution, and we partner with our patients and their families to provide second chances.”
Mustapha and Saab plan to use ACV Centers as a national model for amputation prevention, opening centers throughout the United States. A second center will open this fall in Lansing, led by Alam.