Patient Stories

For kidney treatment, Linda 'got the best'

After her pain wouldn’t go away, Linda, of Traer, Iowa, was sent by her local provider to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. There she met urologist Chad Tracy, MD, director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotics, and Kidney Stone Treatment in the UI Department of Urology.

Bariatric surgery helps Melissa look and feel her best

Melissa's surgery team for her bariatric surgery was led by UI bariatric surgeon Jessica Smith, MD. The Roux-en Y procedure was a success, and Melissa was able to go home the next day. "Melissa's story is a perfect example of how bariatric surgery can be the additional tool so many patients need to be successful with long-term weight loss," Smith says. Melissa would recommend the UI Bariatric Surgery Clinic to anyone who's serious about weight-loss surgery and the commitment that comes both before and after the procedure.

For breast cancer care, Barb chose the team approach

Barb Miller didn't think her breast cancer diagnosis was routine or ordinary, so she didn't want her care to be routine or ordinary, either. At Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center-Iowa's only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center-cancer experts work in teams called multidisciplinary oncology groups. The counselors help patients assemble a medical and family history and advise them as they process crucial information revealed by the tests, such as how to manage the patient's future cancer risk as well as any cancer risk for the patient's family.

‘Only chance to conceive’

We learned we were pregnant after just one round of IVF (we know we are lucky) and were expecting a baby in May of 2017. Once we were released from the infertility care team, we were told to find an obstetrician. We have a lot of options in the area, but I chose to continue my prenatal care at UI Health Care.

Collaborative care during high-risk pregnancy

Angie Poulsen and her family
Placenta accreta is a life-threatening condition where the placenta attaches too deep in the uterine wall. Most of the time, a hysterectomy is the only way to stop the hemorrhaging since the placenta does not want to pull away from the uterus. The physicians would not know how bad a placenta accreta was until they were performing the C-section.

UI Health Care combines 'one-on-one connection' and 'skill'

Rachel Asbury's pregnancy care and the pediatric follow-up at UI Health Care was just what she was looking for.

Breast reduction surgery changed Angela's life

I have struggled with my breast size from the time I began puberty.

Lindsey and Joanne’s midwifery story

Lindsey and her partner, Joanne, chose the midwives at UI Health Care because they wanted a normal, natural birth experience within the hospital-setting.

Vascular surgery saves woman with rare, life-threatening condition

Tania Justus and her family
Tania Justus had an uncommon condition called May-Thurner syndrome. "What is extremely rare is the fact that Tacia sustained a ruptured iliac vein. What was really critical was that we had the technology and expertise to make that diagnosis in a timely fashion."--Neelima Katragunta, MD

Jim is impressed with surgeon dedication

When Jim Black of Sterling, Illinois, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, tests showed that the tumor was likely to spread to other areas of his body. He was advised to consider traveling as far away as Florida to get the best treatment, but he chose University of Iowa Health Care.

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