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Spinal Cord Stimulator Changes Life

“Since I had the implant, I feel great,” Kat says. “I’ve been able to complete medical school and do everything I want to in life, and that’s something that hadn’t been possible before I got the implant.”

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UCL Surgery Keeps Dreams on Track

When a routine pre-season practice resulted in a torn UCL, McKenna Lester turned to The University of Kansas Health System.

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'Defibrillator for the Brain' Keeps Mom Seizure-Free

As a busy mom to 5-year-old daughter Natalia, Mallory Contreras has plenty on her mind. But thanks to a special device implanted in her brain, she has one less thing to worry about: Having another seizure.

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Stress Fracture Recovery Teaches Many Lessons

From triathlons to stress fractures, Emma's athletic journey teaches valuable lessons on injury, recovery, and listening to your body.

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First-Time Screening Mammogram

“My dad had lung cancer, and I was there with him from his diagnosis until he passed away. I’m so glad I was able to do that, but I would do anything to ensure my children don’t have to go through the same thing – caring for a parent with advanced cancer.” So, Megan got a mammogram.

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Second Opinion Saves Vision – and Life

When she was about 6 months pregnant with her second child, Amanda McRae began having vision problems. She told her obstetrician about them, and her physician said it was likely related to her pregnancy. Because your body experiences a lot of changes...

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Surgery Provides Lasting Relief After Core Muscle Injury

Core muscle injuries are frequently overlooked, dismissed or misdiagnosed. It might be labeled a hip flexor strain, sore abs or a hernia. That’s why it’s important to communicate and seek out quality care. Read Zach Darche's story.

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Pitcher is SEC-Bound After Tommy John Surgery

Jake Titus heard his elbow pop in spring 2022 during a game pitching for Ottawa High School. While the pop didn’t immediately cause him any pain, Jake knew things weren’t right when his pitches didn’t feel the same in the following week.

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Gender-Affirmation Nurse Navigators Are Here for You

A patient shares a time where a nurse navigator helped them get care and feel loved, at a time they needed it most.

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Turning Point Empowers Woman Awaiting Kidney Transplant

Those chilling words on the other end of the phone marked the moment that Amy Reinhardt’s life changed completely. “I remember feeling so scared and confused as we drove to the emergency room.”

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Soccer Player Uses ACL Bridge Program to Return to Field

This is why the class is called a bridge program – it’s the missing piece of the puzzle between physical therapy and the playing field. For Jessica, the incorporation of her main sport was crucial to her recovery, as was the welcoming nature of the trainers.

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High School Athlete Overcomes Labrum Injury to Play College Football

When Wayna’ Crofton was hit by an offensive lineman, he immediately knew his shoulder was dislocated. What he didn’t know was the extent of the shoulder injury.

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Focused Ultrasound Relieves Essential Tremor

For more than a decade, Evelyn Bowen dealt with the frustration of her hands shaking so much that she often had to use a spoon to eat instead of a fork. She used straws to drink because the tremors would cause her drinks to spill.

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Midwifery Delivers Desired Birth Experience

As a medical professional, Kara Armato knows state-of-the-art healthcare. When she caught COVID-19 during the second trimester third pregnancy, the midwifery care team at The University of Kansas Health System were there to help - following up frequently to check on her and make sure she and the baby were okay.

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Rehab Hall of Fame Honors Patient’s Dedication

The Rehabilitation Hall of Fame recognizes achievements of patients who have overcome significant medical challenges, and celebrates the efforts of the care team that helped them on their journeys. Ethan Payne was the 2021 recipient, and through his extraordinary commitment during rehabilitation he returned to playing football at McPherson College in central Kansas.

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