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Dr. Messina Reunites with Patient for 2nd Surgery

He performed a bypass on Katy when she was 3 years old.  At age 21, she needed it again, and asked him to do it.  The first bypass was only expected to last about 10 years.  Dr. Messina leads the only team in the northeast that can perform this risky surgery.


The Healing Power of Donated Placenta

“The major fear of any diabetic is limb loss,” said Dr. Louis M. Messina, chief of vascular surgery at UMass Memorial and acting Director of the Limb Preservation Center.  There have been many ideas for healing diabetic ulcers, however most have not been rigorously tested, according to Dr. Messina. “The use of the placenta membrane is relatively new and there have been studies done that suggest that it will make a big impact, but it’s still on the early side”.