Dennis and Theresa Davis are making the most of their time in the hospital, but less than 24 hours after his procedure, Dennis is more than ready to head home.
"Quite honestly I avoid doctors and hospitals like the plague," Dennis said.
Dennis has a condition known as peripheral artery disease, where the arteries in the legs get blocked.
"I was developing pain in my lower legs when I walked," Dennis said.
Traditional surgery might have been his only option...
"The blockages were initially treated with balloon angioplasty alone," North Central Heart Institute Cardiologist Dr. Michael Bacharach said.
But in 30 to 40 percent of the people who had balloon angioplasty, the arteries would re-narrow.
Instead, the Spencer, Iowa man is having a new drug-coated stent placed in his leg. Doctors first used similar devices only in the heart, but the FDA recently approved their use in peripheral arteries, such as the leg. Davis is one of the first patients in the area to receive the device.
"The re-narrowing rates of this stent are significantly less, and that's really what we hope for," Bacharach said.
During the procedure, Dr. Michael Bacharach inserts a wire through the femoral artery.
"The stent is positioned over a very small wire that acts like a rail to deliver the stent where you want to deliver it," Bacharach said.
Not only does the new stent mean Davis's recovery will be faster, his arteries are also more likely to remain unblocked longer.
"It's a pretty painless situation," Dennis said.
Which has the Davis looking forward to getting out of the hospital and getting their old life back.
"I used to backpack a lot, but in the last few years I haven't been able to do that," Dennis said.