Patient Stories

Program specializes in treating adolescents and young adults with cancer

Patrick was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when he was 13. At that age, doctors say, cancer begins to act differently than it does in younger children, but they’re not sure why. There are more long-term effects, including some that remain unknown. Today, Patrick is cancer-free and on a daily medication to “trick” his body into believing he has a thyroid.

Big improvements in hip replacement have made life better for a new type of patient

He travel from his home in California to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for a hip replacement. "I had to do something about it because it was impeding my lifestyle so much."--Howard Dittrich

Reconstructive surgery helps man recover from flesh-eating disease

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"Without aggressive treatment by his initial multidisciplinary team, he would not have survived."--Mark Fisher, MD

'UI Health Care's IVF program helped me become a mom'

When infertility delayed Nicole McGlynn’s plans to start a family in 2009, she reached out to the experts with University of Iowa Health Care’s Center for Advanced Reproductive Care. The center’s in vitro fertilization (IVF) program—Iowa’s first such program, established in 1987—helped Nicole, of Kalona, Iowa, become the mom she had long wanted to be.

'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.

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