Patient Stories for Heart Surgery

Two months after open-heart surgery, Dan completes fall harvest

Dan Berns on the farm
When he needed complex surgery to replace his aorta and stop an infection, Dan placed his trust in the experts at the UI Heart and Vascular Center.

Collaboration, expertise leads to successful outcome for police officer facing high-risk surgery

UI Health Care specialists discovered a tumor following an MRI of Shannon’s thoracic spine (upper back), more than a year after she first noticed symptoms.

Achalasia: incision-free treatment yields poetic outcome

Dan Schmertman
People with achalasia often experience regurgitation, heartburn, and chest pain. But thanks to a per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM), Dan Schmertman's eating is now a whole lot easier.