Patient Stories for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

  • Expert hand surgery and hope get Ray back to a normal life after tragedy

    Ray Eshelman works in his garden
    While cutting the last piece of PVC pipe he needed to complete his hydroponic growing system, Ray Eshelman lost control of his mitre saw. The blade caught his right hand and cut it severely. Orthopedic surgeon Joseph A. Buckwalter V, MD, worked late into the night to save the hand, which had almost been cut off completely.
  • Ultrasound diagnosis saves Julie from weeks of unnecessary pain after thumb injury

    While bowling with friends, Julie Lensing slipped and fell on her left hand. A trip to the emergency room at a community hospital confirmed that she hadn’t fractured any bones. But the pain and swelling only got worse, and she couldn’t grip anything with her left hand.
  • Get your imaging done by our radiology team

    For Bobette Patterson, choosing to have her MRI done at UI Hospitals & Clinics was a “no-brainer.” She wants others to understand the benefits.
  • After quick diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, Christopher is riding his bike again

    Christopher Wise riding his bike
    An avid cyclist for 11 years, Christopher Wise had to stop enjoying his daily ride to work after he lost feeling and strength in his right hand and couldn’t grip the handlebar anymore. It wasn’t until Christopher visited University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for a different issue that he learned he had carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition in which the nerve that provides feeling to the hand gets squeezed and stops functioning properly.
  • After a paralyzing injury, John’s spine care helped him make a speedy return to farming and a normal life

    John McMillan at his farm
    Less than four months after a spine injury temporarily paralyzed him from the neck down, John McMillan was back to farming full-time. McMillan credits his remarkable recovery to the spine care he received from orthopedic spine surgeon Andrew J. Pugely, MD, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in the hours following his injury.
  • Rollie chose reverse shoulder replacement to get his quality of life back

    For the first time in years, Rollie Dunbar can raise his left arm above his head. He can move the arm with no pain and none of the weakness he once felt in his shoulder. He can do the things he loves to do, like rebuilding a 1948 Chrysler Coupe, pain-free.
  • Jonathan’s meniscus transplant story

    Whether he’s on a bike ride or just walking to class at Southeastern Community College each day, Jonathan Gavin appreciates the precious gift that allows him to do those things pain-free.
  • Expert spine care helped Gretchen get back to RAGBRAI

    After Gretchen McLain suffered a devastating spine fracture, she made it her mission to complete RAGBRAI the following year. With a year of rehab, learning how to walk again, and plenty of training, McLain reached her goal.
  • Giving Kiersten hip care to keep an active life

    Kiersten Latham cheering
    “I told Dr. Willey I had a goal to get back to dance, do track, and play softball. He was great to me. He told me if I followed his orders, I would get back and do those.”
  • Carley Neustel

    Carley was rushed by helicopter to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital in September 2015 after a farm accident nearly severed both of her legs below the knees. She had also sustained a broken arm and a large cut on her scalp.

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