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Greenfield Man Overcomes the Complications of Diabetes

When his diabetes caused infections and surgeries, Wesley McFadden turned to Baystate.

Category: Diabetes

Wesley McFadden of Greenfield knew he might face some challenges with his health after he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. But he had not prepared himself for so many surgeries.

DIABETES-RELATED INFECTIONS

First, McFadden, age 59, had a severe infection in his toe, which led to amputation. Dr. Brian Hoffman, an orthopedic surgeon at Baystate Medical Practices – Valley Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, performed the surgery at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

Later, McFadden had another infection, this time in his leg. This one brought him to the emergency department at Baystate Franklin. He saw Dr. Jeffrey Hayer of Franklin Orthopaedic Surgery, who decided that McFadden’s leg needed to be amputated just below the knee.

McFadden says both surgeries were successful. He is grateful for the skills of both Drs. Hoffman and Hayer, as well as the fact that he was able to get this world-class of care close to his home.

SPECIALIZED CARE FOR A CHRONIC WOUND

But McFadden’s troubles were not over. His prosthetic leg caused an infection, which caused a wound that wouldn’t heal. McFadden was referred to Baystate Franklin’s Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center in Greenfield.

There, under the care of Dr. Sohail Waien, McFadden received a series of specialized treatments and his chronic wound healed.

GRATEFUL FOR HEALING

Today, McFadden feels grateful. “The doctors and staff at the wound center put me at ease and always told me what was happening,” McFadden says. “I’m grateful for their straight-up attitude. It was evident that everyone at Baystate Franklin really cared about me. It’s a wonderful facility. They did me well.”

He’s also getting around well. In fact, he volunteers at the Veteran’s Administration and is a member of the Elks.

Learn more about wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Baystate Health.