Patient Stories

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.

Stroke: 2-time survivor now helps others

Emma Fox-Gatica
“When your father and your grandfather have strokes, you become very aware. I knew I had risk factors, but I don’t think you’re ever prepared for a stroke.”--Emma Fox-Gatica

Leukemia: dad's photos capture ISU student's battle

Noah Brown playing his guitar
Noah was a typical college student... until he was diagnosed with leukemia.

Epilepsy: after two decades, musician is seizure-free

Jeff Schulz seizure free musician
The operation called a temporal lobectomy changed Jeff Schulz’s life significantly. “I can make music! I can travel with singing groups! I can have a driver’s license again!”

Trauma system kicks into gear to save a life

“Without the combined, immediate expertise of heart and vascular surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, and anesthesiologists, Joshua Bradley had no chance.”--Dionne Skeete, MD

Multidisciplinary approach helps young woman battle lung cancer

When the Cedar Rapids surgeon attempted the first surgery, the tumor proved to be too complicated, so he ended the surgery without removing the tumor, which ultimately led to Jamie’s referral to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Robins woman chooses UI surgeons for specialized breast reconstruction

Denise Brown
Denise underwent a mastectomy procedure in 2014 and now returns to UI Hospitals & Clinics for yearly follow-up mammograms.

Anterior approach hip surgery means less pain, quicker recovery

Joan Wuest
“The anterior approach has been around for decades, but relatively recent advances in technology, equipment, and training have made it a much more efficient and effective option for certain patients.”--Charles Clark, MD

UI Cardiovascular Genetics Program identifies cause of family’s rare form of heart disease

Terri Essary and daughter, Sheri Garmone
Heart failure specialists determined that Terri had a condition called left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC), a problem that occurs during the development of the heart.

Innovative stroke therapy provides miracle results

29-year-old Mailis Toop had a stroke in the classroom. A blood clot that had formed in a damaged artery in her neck had moved to her brain, depriving it of oxygen.

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