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Fall 2018 Issue

Patient Stories

Tom Linbach fishing

A new 'angle' on life after oral cancer

For Tom, being surrounded by a supportive community is important. It's one of the reasons he chose to receive treatment at Gundersen Health System's Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders when faced with oral cancer several years ago.

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Barb Hammes

'I cannot describe the joy of moving again'

Few things in life bring 68-year-old Barb Hammes more joy than being surrounded by family and nature. So, when a three-generation trip to Europe presented itself, Barb and her husband, Bud, seized the opportunity. What they didn't know at the time of booking their vacation was that Barb would be just six weeks out from having a total hip replacement.

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Dale Baldwin signalling touchdown

Knee surgery and rehab to get you back in the game

When knee pain began to make Barney's trips up and down the field and court more difficult, he turned to the local experts at Gundersen St. Joseph's.

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Donna Kruse

Healing made possible by hyperbaric oxygen therapy

To help with the pain and healing in Donna's mouth caused by radiation, Sylvia Firary, MD, introduced the option of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

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Charlie Larson in front of a tractor

Heart experts help Charlie 'keep on truckin'

Truck driver and antique tractor enthusiast Charlie Larson of Pigeon, Wis., was seven years into retirement when he started experiencing chest pain.

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Dr. Benden

Service beyond self with Global Partners

Dr. Benden travels to Nicaragua with Global Partners twice a year or more, where she conducts as many cervical cancer screenings and surgeries as she can and trains local providers, who in turn train others.

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Guiding your child through the teen years

The teenage years are a crucial turning point in children's lives. Pediatricians at Gundersen Health System have the following advice for teens and their parents to help keep them healthy and safe – both physically and mentally.

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3 surprising benefits of family meals

Pulling your family together for a meal four to five times a week can have significant—and maybe surprising— health benefits.

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Helping kids cope with fear and uncertainty

The often challenging but always rewarding job of the child life specialist is to make healthcare experiences better for children and their families.

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A strong 'chain of care' for a heart emergency

Whether a person is having a heart attack or a sudden cardiac arrest, quick action by a linked chain of care can significantly improve their chances of survival..

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Osteoporosis: know your risks, get tested

Osteoporosis is a silent disease where bones gradually become so weak they can break easily. This is a common condition that mainly affects older women.

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New Gundersen Moundview CEO values 'positive culture,' 'trust'

In his more than 20 years with Gundersen Health System, Frank Perez-Guerra, MBA, has been inspired by his work on behalf of the clinicians and staff that care for patients and communities.

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Specializing in hometown, local service

Your Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Homecare services in Oelwein have relocated—for the convenience of patients, their families and the community.

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Dry needling now available to help relieve pain in Boscobel

Dry needling (also known as intramuscular manual therapy) is a drug-free way to help stop muscle pain by deactivating a myofascial trigger point.

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Women have hope with pelvic floor physical therapy

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics is helping women find relief through specialized physical therapy for pelvic health disorders.

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7 tips to fight disease & strengthen immunity

When it comes to your health, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We share preventive strategies to boost your immunity and help fight off illness.

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A stronger shield against shingles

Gundersen now offers a stronger defense against shingles. Shingrix, the new shingles vaccine, is 90 percent effective for preventing shingles and is the first shingles vaccine to be preferred by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is also effective in preventing a complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a chronic condition that causes an itchy and often painful rash. The original shingles vaccine, Zostavax, will only be used for patients 60 and older who are allergic to Shingrix. Adults who have had shingles longer than two months ago or who were previously immunized with Zostavax should receive this more effective vaccine. The new vaccine is available to more adults (those 50 and over) and is given in two doses, two to six months apart. Shingrix is covered under Medicare Part D and is available from your local pharmacy approved to administer immunizations.

To inquire about or receive the Shingrix vaccine, please contact your primary care provider.

MyCare on a tablet

e-visits are e-fficient

Gundersen is offering e-visits using your Gundersen MyChart account for some non-urgent illnesses including back pain, cough/upper respiratory infection, diarrhea, heartburn, red eye, sinus problems, urinary problems and vaginal discharge/irritation.

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Get off the sidelines with RFA:

A non-surgical solution for chronic hip and knee pain

When surgery for chronic hip or knee pain is not an option, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) may help you get back to the activities you enjoy.

During this minimally invasive injection treatment, an expert in pain management uses radio waves to deactivate nerves causing you discomfort. The process stops pain signals from being sent to your brain—getting you off the sidelines and back in the action.

The procedure generally takes less than an hour, and longterm relief lasts between six and 18 months, beginning two to three weeks after treatment. RFA can be repeated in the future for continued relief.

Stop letting chronic hip and knee pain control your life! Ask your primary care provider about a referral to Gundersen Pain Medicine today.

Dreaming of more restful nights?

Are you exhausted by failed treatments to relieve your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? If so, you may be a candidate for a revolutionary sleep disorder treatment now available at Gundersen Health System: Inspire® Therapy.

This fully implantable device mildly stimulates your hypoglossal nerve, which controls the movement of your tongue and other muscles, to keep your airway open while you sleep. A small handheld remote allows you to turn Inspire on before bed and off when you wake up, and pause the device at night if needed— putting you in total control of your sleep apnea and allowing you to wake up feeling refreshed.

If you have not found relief from OSA with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and other conservative treatments, please call Gundersen Sleep Medicine at (608) 775-REST (7378) to see if Inspire is right for you.

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Stimulate your skin’s ability to heal itself

Experience a natural way to rejuvenate and repair your skin. SkinPen® microneedling stimulates new collagen and elastin production at the cellular level. It is effective for minimizing large pores, acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles—giving you laser-like results with little to no downtime.

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Introducing Gundersen Eye Clinic Friendship

For quality eye care close to home, visit the new Gundersen Eye Clinic Friendship. Located inside Gundersen Moundview Hospital, we’re here for all your eye care needs—from eye exams to new glasses and from contact lenses to help managing chronic eye conditions. Plus, we accept a wide variety of insurance plans.

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what to expect

We've taken steps at all our locations to keep you and our staff healthy and safe. Here's what to expect when you visit us.

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