Patient Stories

'Everyone was very accommodating, polite, and compassionate'

Crystal Ball was nervous about her scheduled procedure, but the surgical team with University of Iowa Health Care quickly put her mind at ease. “Everyone was very accommodating, polite, and compassionate. My nurse, Kathy, was great. Everybody was very professional, and my discharge nurse even wheeled me to my car,” said Crystal.

New implant offers alternative to blood thinners for reducing stroke risk associated with a-fib

Linda Sliefert at home with her dogs
Many high-risk A-Fib patients take blood-thinning medication to keep pooling blood from clotting. But Linda had a history of brain bleeds. Long-term use of a prescription blood thinner would put her at risk for more bleeding. Cardiologist Gardar Sigurdsson, MD, clinical associate professor of internal medicine, told Linda about a new alternative to blood-thinning medication: Watchman™, a tiny device that is implanted in the heart to close off a small pouch, called the left atrial appendage, where clots can form.

Cosmetic surgeon calms fears

Katie Moon, of Marion, Iowa, was referred to University of Iowa Health Care by her family doctor in 2016. Katie was uncertain about her decision to have cosmetic surgery, but her surgeon and his team helped calm her fears.

Breast reduction surgeon helped her prepare for surgery — and her life after

One recent patient, who wished to remain anonymous, wanted to share her story about how her surgeon helped her prepare not only for her procedure, but for life after, too.

Cosmetic surgery helps Cedar Rapids woman achieve the legs she's always wanted

Having fought body image issues about her thighs from when she was in elementary school, this Cedar Rapids patient decided to make a change, she came to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Breast augmentation team is 'more than amazing'

Cassidy Abkes, of Shell Rock, Iowa, was interested in having cosmetic surgery in late 2016, and online research brought her to Dr. William Albright and University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Brynne's midwifery story

Brynne Schweigel's first appointment with the UI Health Care Midwifery Clinic lead to a life-saving diagnosis.

Kidney donation gives Davenport man a second chance

Lifelong friends Mary Beth Murray and Eric Burge, of Davenport, Iowa
Luckily, when Eric started having health issues, his lifelong friend, Mary Beth Murray, had a special connection with organ donation and was willing to help. Since his transplant, Eric's care has been managed by UI Post Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Coordinator Lou Ann Reynolds, RN. Reynolds stresses the importance of becoming an organ donor.

Cassidy's midwifery story

Cassidy Reinken chose to work with a midwife at UI Health Care for her second pregnancy. The excellent care she received lead her to come back for her third birth, due July 2017.

Katie's midwifery story

Katie Leifker discovered that the UI Health Care midwifery clinic provided all of the options she was looking for in a birth experience.

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