He was the host and executive producer of the show credited with getting the BET network off the ground and launching the careers of countless gospel performers. He won a Grammy Award for the Best Soul Gospel Performance—as well as a host of other top honors and achievements. And by the time he retired from Bobby Jones Gospel, the longest running cable show on television at 35 years, Dr. Bobby Jones showed no signs of slowing down—except on the walks he took with friends.
Despite strong overall health for decades, in recent years Dr. Jones started to notice a change in his endurance and his pain level. “I had problems with my legs and walking…every time. I felt this pain in my leg at that same point [of the walk]. It began to get worse, and the bottom of my feet began to become numb.”
His close friends who accompanied him noticed that there was a steady increase in the pain that Dr. Jones suffered while walking their usual route: they’d get to a certain point, and need to turn back due to the excruciating pain. The reason: Dr. Jones was suffering from peripheral arterial disease, commonly called PAD, where plaque builds up on the inside walls of the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the legs and arms.
Dr. Jones had a family history of amputations: His father was a double-amputee, and an aunt and an uncle also had had limbs amputated. “It was so horrible to watch,” he recalls. Dr. Bryan T. Fisher, Dr. Jones’s vascular surgeon, was determined to find a better outcome for his patient. “Dr. Jones had a fairly classic example of a blocked artery in his thigh, due to PAD. We were able to go in to the artery through a small incision and open up that area with wires, catheters and balloons, and with the Diamondback device. The end result was blood flow all the way through, unimpeded, from the top of his leg down to the bottom.”
Dr. Fisher was enthusiastic about the potential outcome for his patient thanks to the Diamondback 360® Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy System and its unique movement that effectively sands away calcium to restore blood flow: “There have only been a couple of devices in my practice that have truly revolutionized what I’ve been able to do from a patient care standpoint. I’ve had amazing results with lower extremities [legs] with the Diamondback device.” He also points out that the results have an impact far beyond the pain and discomfort of peripheral arterial disease: “We’re finding ourselves being able to restore near normal function in those folks, where they can continue to walk and do the things that they enjoy. When you save a limb, you truly are saving a life.”
Dr. Jones was equally amazed by his ease of recovery: “It was an outpatient situation, about two and a half hours. I tried to find the incision wherever they went in and couldn’t find it right away. I noticed almost immediately there was a difference. I can walk again.”
Follow-up scans have revealed normal blood flow in Dr. Jones’s legs. But he didn’t need the scans to tell him that he was better. His first test: going on his regular walk with his friends, and not needing to stop at his old turnaround spot. And at 78, this living gospel legend is still exercising, traveling, singing the praises of his doctors, and moving full speed ahead.
If you think you have, or may be at risk for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), talk to your doctor.
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