Patient Stories

Rotator cuff surgery ends Chris’s shoulder pain so he can enjoy being a grandfather

Chris returned to living a full life with help from UI Sports Medicine surgeon Brian Wolf, MD, who specializes in less-invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

New type of ACL surgery helps Sage earn a spot on one of the nation’s top college wrestling teams

UI Sports Medicine uses the innovative quadricep tendon graft procedure for ACL repair to get athletes back to action sooner.

A skin graft—and a little distraction—helps to save Jonathan’s badly injured finger

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Emergency room doctors thought Jonathan’s finger might need to be amputated, but UI Health Care hand surgeon Lindsey S. Caldwell, MD, knew how to save it.

Putting safety first, and minds at ease

Amy Ward and Ross Daniels
Amy Ward had some reservations about having a medical procedure during the coronavirus pandemic. But throughout the West Des Moines woman’s time at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in June, she saw firsthand the extensive precautions in place.

Portable ECG monitor lets David stay active while being treated for a-fib

David Link with his bike
Working with his UI Health Care cardiac electrophysiologist, David uses a wireless ECG monitor to simplify his a-fib care and stay on top of his heart health.

Foot surgery prepares Jacob to continue family college football tradition

A broken bone in Jacob’s foot threatened to end his football career, but UI Sports Medicine’s surgical and rehab expertise got him back on the field quickly.

Cancer care inspires career in nursing

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UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
Hannah Bormann was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 14. As a patient at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, not only did she have surgery that successfully removed the malignancy, she was inspired to pursue a career in health care.

Gender-affirming surgery completes Lori’s journey to her true self

Lori Brinkley
Lori completed her transition at the UI Health Care LGBTQ Clinic, the only place in Iowa that could perform the procedure she needed.

A place to be heard

Whitney Schutten
The Women’s Wellness and Counseling Service at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics provides specialized care for women with mental health concerns related to pregnancy, childbirth, or reproductive health.

Compassion and individualized care led to Heidi's happy ending

Heidi Cohen and her child
Heidi Ridenour, of Davenport, Iowa, discusses her experience with reproductive endocrinology, working with Jessica Kresowik, MD, at the University of Iowa Health Care Women’s Health Clinic in Davenport.