My name is Barb Gentilli, and I’ve been in medical sales for several years as a vascular specialist. There were few products with such life changing results as the ArtAssist® device. This non-surgical method to increase arterial blood flow into the lower limbs is a very real option to avoid a toe, foot, or leg amputation.
When Medicare chose to no longer reimburse for the device, the need did not go away. The calls continued but for those who could not afford to pay $1200 to rent the device, becoming an amputee was about to become a reality.
I chose to do something about it, and sell my hand crafted tables to acquire pumps for the patients who need them. I hope you find something you like and will choose to support our cause.
Arterial Wood Designs was founded to provide another option for individuals facing lower limb amputation when surgical revascularization is not possible. All profits from the sales of these beautiful hand-crafted wood slab tables will be used to provide an ArtAssist® device for those unable to afford it. Medicare recently discontinued reimbursement, but continues to pay for amputations that well exceed $60,000 in many cases. The rental cost for the device is $1200 for three months, or the pump can be purchased outright for $4900.
Buy a Table, Save a Leg
More than 185,000 amputations are performed each year in the United States. In patients with diabetes who have had an amputation, 55% will have the other leg amputated within 2-3 years. Vascular surgeons have many amazing surgical options they can offer to prevent this – such as bypass, endovascular procedures and stenting. But for many these options are not available; surgery may be too risky or just not possible.
The ArtAssist pneumatic compression pump is a non-invasive revascularization device. It has randomized controlled trials to prove it works to save an otherwise unsalvageable limb.
Using locally supplied wood, trees that might normally be removed and used for firewood are repurposed and made into beautiful tables and other items. By purchasing a table, someone out there that is facing amputation may have another shot at saving their limb.
I think they will become prized possessions and will always give the reminder that a very real contribution was made in preventing an amputation for another human being, and the pleasure it gives to know – “you made a difference to that one.”
What is the ArtAssist®?
The ArtAssist device is a home use compression pump connected to leg sleeves that inflate and deflate with rapid impulse inflation. By increasing blood flow to the lower limb, it will treat intermittent claudication (painful walking), peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia (CLI). With daily use the device decreases rest pain and heals non-healing arterial wounds. The ArtAssist is a fully FDA approved device with over 60 research papers. Read about the details on the ACI Medical website.
Gets a New Life
Here a stack of beetle-kill ponderosa pine is waiting to be repurposed into coffee tables and matching end tables. It is absolutely gorgeous in texture and vibrant with hues of tan, brown, red, orange and blue/black. The strands of black are remnants of a now non-living fungus left behind by the beetles. Most of the beetle kill pine is from Canada, Idaho, Montana and South Dakota.
Coffee, sofa and side tables are made from ponderosa pine, walnut, and cherry. It is a priority to support local lumber mills and Wisconsin Urban Wood and promote the use of repurposed wood.
Custom options are available and new items are added weekly.
Each piece of wood is chosen for its unique characteristics such as grain, color, texture and structural integrity. It is gratifying to know the tree in its natural state – producing oxygen and giving shelter to birds, lives on in its usefulness. It is given a new life as a functional piece of furniture or a work of art.
Make a Purchase — Make a Difference
Items created for sale change regularly. To view all available products and for pricing and shipping information, visit the product gallery. See something you love? Email me, or call or text (608) 616-2950 and I’ll set it aside for you!
Making A Difference
I am so grateful to have had the ArtAssist pump. It helped the circulation in my legs and I won’t have to have to lose the toes on my left foot.
— Mary J.
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