Patient Follow up – Colleen Mescall

We talked to Colleen Mescall in November of 2015 about her recent image guided tendon treatment to relieve her foot pain. You may remember this video.

We recently caught up with Colleen to ask her how she’s doing today, and how the treatment has made a difference in her life.

How has your activity level changed since having image guided tendon treatment at VCU Health at Baird Vascular Institute? Before, my feet hurt all the time – walking, standing, or getting up from sitting they hurt; I did not really like to walk or stand for a long period, but now I can take walks, go sightseeing ,etc. without having pain or discomfort.

How long did it take you to feel fully recovered? Within 6 months of having both feet done, I noticed I could get out of bed in the morning without the painful first few steps, and now, when walking for long periods, I no longer have any discomfort.

How has your life changed since having the treatment? I am more inclined to go for walks or stand when I teach a class, I have joined a gym and take classes and I can wear heels again (that’s one of the best parts).

Would you have the surgery again if needed? I hope to not have it again, but if I had to do it again I most definitely would.

Would you recommend this treatment to others? Absolutely! And I have recommended it to others.

We’re so glad that Colleen is back in her cute shoes and feeling fantastic. You may be wondering, “Is image-guided treatment right for me?” If you answer yes to these questions, it may be time to discuss our image-guided tendon treatment.

  • Have you given up any activities due to tendon pain?
  • Have you been suffering for three months or longer?
  • Have you taken multiple steps to get rid of your pain without lasting success?
  • Are you tired of masking the pain or enduring it rather than treating it at the source?

Call us at (804) 828-2600 to discuss whether image-guided treatment is the right option for you.

Kind words

We’re so happy when we can help a patient overcome a medical issue. We don’t do what we do for the thanks, but it’s certainly appreciated when we get a letter like this from a patient. We are glad to have helped Mr. Wagle overcome his plantar fasciitis pain with our tendon treatment procedure. Thank you, Mr. Wagle, for your kind words and confidence in our physicians and our practice.

Wagle letter[1]

Dear Mr. Chestnut,

I am writing to offer my thanks and praise. 1 wish to show my appreciation to the following; Dr. Jeffery Elbich, Nancy Lang, Jennifer Salang, Lauren Lipchak, Tiffany Brown, and Deena Omrch. From the very first phone call to my surgery on the 6th I was treated with the utmost respect and friendliness. The rest of your staff I assume is just as
good as these people. They all exhibited the level of professionalism that is beyond compare. VCU can be extremely proud of this facility and its employees.
l was lucky enough to find you by doing a google search on Plantar Fasciitis. After reviewing the excellent information regarding your innovative treatment I immediately made the phone call to schedule a consultation. I had been suffering from intense heel pain for several months. Previously l had seen an Orthopedic surgeon who had me wear a device and go to physical therapy. This only seemed to exacerbate the pain. I was at my wits end when I did the search. Thank God for your web site and l am more than willing to sing your praise to any and all who might suffer from this malady.
May God Bless you and your staff and keep you under His countenance always.

Warm Regards,

John Wagle, III

Karen’s Story

Karen was battling breast cancer for the third time after a six-year remission. She came to Baird Vascular Institute for the implantation of her port for chemotherapy. Here is her story, and how Baird helped her.

“Breast cancer runs in my family. My mom, two of my grandmothers and one of my great grandmothers had it. I am a two-time breast cancer survivor and now a three-time breast cancer fighter. I have to keep a positive attitude. I’m definitely in this to win this and I will beat this again. “

What has helped you this time?

One thing that has helped me tremendously is a book I read by Barry Seigel titled Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients. It taught me to embrace the attitude of other people who have the will to fight and to live.”

Was VCU Baird convenient for you?

Another thing that has been important to me this time around is my relationship and experience with VCU Medical Center, including the VCU Baird Vascular Institute (BVI). The convenient location (of Baird) is great. The fact that I could go to this particular location for this procedure was fantastic. I didn’t have to go to the hospital and deal with all the confusion and hassle of parking and making my way to the right floor. The location really was key.

Was there one staff member at VCU Baird who stood out?

Richard, my nurse, was my primary contact through the whole process. I experienced great telephone contact prior to the appointment, and when Richard greeted me at the front desk, he was warm and welcoming, very thorough and he made me feel at ease. Richard explained how the procedure would be different, and was reassuring and straightforward. He even called to check on me, which is something I found out he does as a matter of course for every patient. Richard rocked.”

Patients like Karen are why the team at BVI works so hard to take care of our patients. Thank you, Karen, for your story and keep up the fight! Want to share your story? Email us at or give us a call, (804) 828-2600.