Bariatric surgery: Iowan embraces supreme makeover

One crisp day in November 2012, Kelly Eaton decided the time had come to do something about the weight that had defined Continue reading…

Ankle implant enriches grandfather’s life

Billy Albritton of East Peoria, Ill., was in constant pain. He had surgery more than 10 years ago to remove a large cartilage growth from his ankle, and with the Continue reading…

Irregular heartbeat: Cryoablation stops arrhythmias cold

It wasn’t for lack of trying. Laura Donovan of Cedar Rapids was determined to overcome the sheer exhaustion she felt after climbing a flight of stairs or walking her dog. Laura began Continue reading…

Epilepsy: After two decades, musician is seizure-free

After living with epilepsy for 20 years, Jeff Schulz can once again get on a stage to sing without worrying about experiencing a seizure during his performances. Continue reading…

Transverse myelitis: Rare disorder doesn’t faze 9-year-old

The morning of October 11, 2005, was like any other for the McCarthy family. Tracy was getting her youngest child, then-9-month-old Matthew, ready Continue reading…

Ampullary carcinoma: Retiree beats lethal stomach cancer

At age 70, Jim Sandegren assumed the abdominal pains he felt every morning were just a normal part of growing older. “It usually happened

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Vision loss: New technology = no need for despair

If you or a loved one has vision loss, you might have gotten the wrong message. You might have been told, “There’s nothing more we can do.” Continue reading…

New option for men

Men undergoing prostate cancer surgery have a new option for catheter placement that may be more comfortable and allow faster recovery than previous methods. Continue reading…