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For about four years, my life revolved around where a bathroom was or would be. In 2019, I saw a urologist and found out my prostate was about 100 to… 130 (should be about 25 to 40 for my age of 65). I took pills for about a year and saw some improvement, but still could not ever really empty my bladder. I continued to live with it, but in late 2020, a relative was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I went in to see his doctor, and he said I needed a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), a procedure that removes the part of the prostate gland that surrounds the urethra and causes obstruction to the urethra. I started looking into alternative procedures, and canceled the TURP. In early 2021, I called several doctors in Florida while on vacation because sleeping became such a challenge. Sometimes, I would wake up to use the bathroom 5 to 6 times and get as little as 20 minutes of sleep. After returning from vacation, things kept getting worse, and ultimately a catheter was inserted to drain urine from my bladder. Needless to say, I needed to do SOMETHING because I could not keep letting this control my life. After hearing about PAE, prostate artery embolism, I started calling around, but couldn’t find any physicians in MN. I talked with a urologist that was on call, and he said he knew of someone right down the block, Dr. Michael Cumming at VIE. Dr. Cumming is outstanding. He is a caring and considerate doctor who looks his patient’s in the eye to make sure they understand what he’s going to do. In May, I went through with the procedure and within 4 hours, I was able to use the bathroom and had the catheter removed. Since then, every week has gotten better, and last night I slept 10 hours! That has become my new normal. I may wake up once a night, but most times, am able to sleep all the way through. Because of Dr. Cumming and VIE, I have gotten my life back and was saved from a lot of pain. I also appreciate how Dr. Cumming’s staff models after him and are very caring and compassionate. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this journey. God bless your business and life, Dr. Cumming. Read more “Allan”
I was definitely frustrated. For about 10 months, I had an ulcer on my ankle that would not heal and no one could figure out what it was. I saw… my primary-care physician, a dermatologist, and even an orthopedic surgeon. Finally, I was referred to Dr. Michael Cumming at VIE, and he knew exactly what it was right when I showed him! Sure enough, I Googled a Venous ulcer when I got home, and he was spot on. Dr. Cumming told me they had a procedure to fix my ulcer, and it worked! From start to finish, my experience with Dr. Cumming & VIE was fabulous. They are wonderful, kind, and caring people, and I’m very grateful for their expertise. Read more “Donald”
After about two years of struggling with abdominal pain, weight gain, major cramping with my cycles, and extreme bleeding, I decided to ask my OBGYN physician what could be causing… these symptoms. After an ultrasound and an MRI, it was determined that I had four fibroids in my uterus. One was the size of a grapefruit! I was referred to Dr. Rochelle Wolfe at VIE, and she covered what I should expect from the minimally-invasive procedure (Uterine Fibroid Embolization) in detail. I was in-and-out of the clinic that same day with only a tiny incision spot. Within one week, I was on the road to feeling more energized. Four months later, my MRI had shown a 50% decrease in the size on my fibroids, and I now have my life back! I cannot express how important it is to get checked out. I have all of my energy and vigor back. All thanks to Dr. Wolfe and her amazing staff! Read more “Jeni”
Before going to VIE, I used to get up 1-2 times per night to go to the bathroom, and now it’s rare. I used to have incredibly heavy periods, and… they have significantly lightened. I even went down a pants size after my uterus diminished back toward normal. The best part is my workouts are so much better following my treatment with VIE. I am extremely active with running, weight training, and riding my stationary bike. I am so grateful to be exercising pain free. My biggest improvement area has been being able to handle running and jump training without incontinence issues. My greatest passion is Colorado mountain hiking, and I am thrilled my bladder allows me to hike for 6-8 miles now, when before I would have to stop every 3-4 miles. VIE’s staff has been incredible to me and so responsive to some minor issues I had come up along the way. I’ve called the clinic a few times, and Dr. Wolfe always gets back to me within an hour or two. I’m thankful that my quality of life is back, and I have nothing but admiration for VIE’s practice and its people! Read more “Jennifer”
My ankles and legs were swollen, and I was feeling miserable. My primary care physician was pondering my case and recommended I see Dr. Rochelle Wolfe at… Vascular & Interventional Experts. Right away, Dr. Wolfe knew exactly what my issue was and created a plan. The procedure involved both legs, one at a time. Both procedures fixed the problems, with the added benefit of clearing a bunch of varicose veins. There are only two small scars on each leg for all of the work Dr. Wolfe did. Simply amazing. Dr. Wolfe was forthcoming about the procedures, explained everything, and took the time to answer any questions I had. Kudos to all the staff members, and of course Dr. Wolfe, who were all supportive, encouraging, and followed all COVID-19 guidelines. I never felt as though I was merely a “paying patient,” but rather a valued and respected person. Thank you, Dr. Wolfe, for relieving the pain I was suffering from, for your kindness, and for making me feel comfortable, confident, and at ease under your care. I would very much recommend Dr. Wolfe and VIE to anyone looking for a vascular specialist. Read more “Sandy”