Hospital’s pioneering surgery

Vascular surgeon Mr Arya with patient Terence Weston, of Boston, at Pilgrim Hospital.
Vascular surgeon Mr Arya with patient Terence Weston, of Boston, at Pilgrim Hospital.

A new life-saving surgical treatment has been carried out on a patient at Pilgrim Hospital – in a ‘milestone’ first for the county.

Terence Weston, of Boston, suffered an AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm), which forms when the main artery weakens and expands.

In a first for Lincolnshire, he underwent keyhole surgery to strengthen the artery wall, preventing it from rupturing.

The technique involves small incisions being made and a stent put in through the artery to strengthen the wall.

The operation was carried out by vascular surgeons Mr Arya, Mr Lee Chong and interventional radiologist Dr Centini, alongside two consultants from Leicester University Hospitals NHS Trust, which is working in partnership with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) to develop the service.

ULHT says it is one of the first partnerships between two NHS trusts and is being upheld ‘as an example to other units’.

Patient Mr Weston, 71, said: “I am so grateful to the surgeons who carried out my operation.

“To be able to have this done in my local hospital was fantastic as it meant I didn’t have to travel as far, my family and friends were able to come to visit and I felt a lot more comfortable being somewhere that was more familiar to me.

“I have to say a heartfelt thank-you to all the staff involved in the operation and to all those who looked after me – Mr Arya, who is one in a million, his team and the wonderful nurses on the ward.”

He added: “This has been a wonderful experience.”

Prof Ciro Rinaldi, clinical director for clinical support services, welcomed the ‘great success’ of the treatment at Pilgrim as ‘a milestone’ in developing a more efficient and modern vascular service in Lincolnshire.