Patient Stories

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.

Fibrosing mediastinitis: young Iowan’s future undercut

Cody Fry with sister and mother
"We cannot cure fibrosing mediastinitis, but we can apply modern medical techniques developed for more common medical problems to manage the complications and sustain a decent quality of life. It is the best we can do until medical science can develop effective ways of stopping the unrelenting fibrous growth.”--Doug Hornick, MD

Surrogate program is a perfect match for Iowa couple

Scott family from Eldridge, Iowa
Jeanne and Dewayne Scott find perfect match in University of Iowa Gestational Carrier Program.

Diabetes: Mom’s life shines with team-based care

Linnea Welander
“We have a system where we promote the well-being of the diabetes patient in an ongoing way. The goal is to focus on getting patients to embrace the lifestyle and other changes that need to happen in order to successfully manage their condition.”--E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD

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.

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