At seventy-eight, Sibyl Kirby has had her share of medical issues. Most recently she found herself fighting a losing battle. Both of her legs were red, swollen and weeping and nothing she did seemed to help. After consulting one specialist, she did not see any improvement; so she asked Dr. Darcourt for a referral, and he recommended Dr. Ulises Baltazar.
Discouraged and frustrated, Sibyl felt immediately reassured the moment she met Dr. Baltazar. She says, “Never ever have I had a doctor as caring as Dr. Baltazar. He treats me like family. When I told him, ‘Don’t hold back, I want you to be honest with me,’ he promised he would treat me like he would his own mother. That meant a lot to me.”
Dr. Baltazar explained to Sibyl that she had lymphedema and although her legs would never be completely healed, with treatment, they could be managed. He told her they would work together to reduce the pain and swelling in her legs, and most importantly monitor them to make sure they did not become infected. Sibyl says, “The swelling has gone down and even though some days are better than others, I feel confident knowing that Dr. Baltazar is keeping an eye on me and he has everything under control. I probably wouldn’t have made it without him.”
The diagnosis for lymphedema is done by physical exam, ultrasound and imaging of the lymphatic vessels through very special techniques. The treatment includes complete decongestive therapy (CDT) that is achieved mainly through manual lymph drainage by a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, compression therapy with compression bandaging, compression garments and pneumatic pumps, exercise, weight loss, and skin care. It is important to understand that lymphedema management is a team effort and active patient participation is the key to a successful team.
Dr. Ulises Baltazar is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery in Vascular Surgery, and a member of Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates’ Sugar Land Vein Clinic—a practice dedicated exclusively to the treatment of venous insufficiency. He is a highly regarded vein specialist with extensive experience working with conditions resulting from issues of the circulatory system.
If you would like Dr. Baltazar to be a part of your lymphedema management team to address circulatory issues and support improved venous activity for your best possible outcome, call today and tell him, “Sibyl sent me.”
Ulises Baltazar MD, RVT, FACS
now affiliated with the renowned Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates
16605 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 505
(in the Methodist Professional Building 3)