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 with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.