Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Acute Rehab at Loyola: David Carlotta's story

David Carlotta had open heart surgery that led to a quadruple bypass and replacement of his aortic valve. The doctors also found David had an arterial aneurysm in his left leg. With an aneurysm, part of the artery swells and starts to bulge. These sometimes can be fatal. Doctors also discovered that both of the arteries leading to his kidneys were calcified, so they repaired them.

He was in a coma for 11 days. After the operations, his legs were weak and he couldn't walk.

But David said everyone in Loyola's Acute Rehabilitation Unit had a lot of fun. With lots of therapy he was able to walk with a cane. With more rehab, he finally was able to put away the cane.

"I've never been in a hospital where the people were so good," he said. He now can dance and jog and everything keeps getting better. "They saved my life."

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 888-LUHS-888 (888-584-7888).

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.