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8/9/12 - Dr. Frank LoRusso

Back in August, Dr. Frank LoRusso was recommended to me as an OB/GYN. I have reproductive issues and I promised that Dr. LoRusso was the “best around”. Dr. LoRusso diagnosed my reproductive issues as something completely different than what other doctors had diagnosed. He treated the symptoms and provided medication that made my body work. In November, we found out I was pregnant; however, the problem was that the placenta had implanted too low and I had placenta previa because of it. Later in the pregnancy, he found that the placenta had burrowed through the wall of my uterus and gone into my bladder. Dr. LoRusso kept me completely calm and explained to me that we would need to deliver the baby at 34 weeks. He took all of the preventative measures and had all of the doctors on call that needed to be on call to make the surgery as safe as possible. He explained the risks of the surgery, at length. While he did not candy coat any of the details, he presented it in a way that was not frightening. Dr. LoRusso admitted that this surgery is a once in a career surgery, but he had seen it done before. He completed the surgery with little complications and although it was a miserable recovery, he was available by personal cell phone 24/7 until I was able to care for myself without his assistance. He never once made me feel as though I was a burden to him even though I called him on the 4th of July and several Sunday evenings knowing that he has a family of his own. My son, Xander James, is now nearly 3 weeks old (he did a week at the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis and he’s now as healthy as can be. I am up and taking care of him and his brothers and sister with little issue. I would like to commend Dr. LoRusso for his dedication to his patients, his patience and composure with crisis, and his incredible surgical skills. Without him I wouldn’t be here and neither would Xander.

Amy Jean Leet


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