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Terri Reed had high hopes when Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital invested in a LokomatPro FreeD, a state-of-the-art, computerized robotic system designed to improve patients’ gait through neuromuscular re-education.
Health care is confusing. Hospitalization is hard. No one disputes this — we’d all rather be healthy than sick.
For patients, visiting a hospital can be overwhelming. In addition to dealing with the reality of a disease or procedure, they must schedule follow-up appointments, fill out paperwork and — sometimes — make life-changing decisions, all in an unfamiliar and stressful environment.
Wesley Medical Center’s commitment to children includes ensuring that pediatric surgery continues to be available in Wichita 24/7. To this end, Wesley has contracted with experienced, board-certified pediatric surgeons on a locum tenens basis while the search is underway for permanent pediatric surgeons.
A new device is now available that offers more patients who have mitral valve regurgitation a treatment option that doesn’t require open-heart surgery. Mitral valve regurgitation is the most common heart valve problem, and until recently, the only way to repair mitral valves was through open-heart surgery.
“Obesity is the plague of the Western Hemisphere in this century,” says Justin Moore, MD, Medical Director of the Via Christi Weight Management program and Medical Director at KU Wichita Endocrinology.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder — not a disease — characterized by repeated seizures. Epilepsy affects people of all ages, races and ethnicities, and is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States. Only migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease occur more frequently. Epilepsy affects 65 million people worldwide.
About eight years ago, Via Christi Clinic Breast Care Services began to bring together the services of specialists who treat breast cancer patients. The goal of the center is to get the patients to a diagnosis and appropriate treatment as quickly as possible.
Despite the best efforts of researchers and clinicians, end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) remains a growing problem in the United States. A recent United States Renal Data System (USRDS) report reveals that more than 570,000 Americans have ESKD. Of these patients, nearly 400,000 are on dialysis, with the remainder having a working kidney transplant.
The incidence of obesity is steadily rising, and according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 20 years from now we will see two out of five Americans experiencing obesity. Unfortunately for many of these people, changes in diet and exercise are not enough to help them see significant improvement.
Prostate cancer is a confounding disease. It demonstrates a remarkable spectrum of tumor behavior. Low-risk cancer may be indolent and take 20 years to cause death.
Because of the many challenges faced by patients with heart valve disease, the Heart Valve Clinic at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis combines the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of physicians. This team, which includes structural cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons, is especially qualified to evaluate and treat complex heart disease.
With growing numbers of patients needing cataract surgery and more people looking for an alternative to LASIK surgery, it’s easy to see why multifocal lens implants are a much-welcomed option for patients older than 40.
Three-week-old Ashlyn Julian was crying inconsolably, and her mother, Gina Julian, knew something was terribly wrong.
Advancements in medical technology are occurring more rapidly all the time, and structural cardiology is no exception. In fact, structural cardiology itself is growing out of the relatively limited role it played in cardiology in previous decades.
In an effort to better serve the community, South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) recently announced its partnership with Summit Clinic, both located in Arkansas City. The new medical practice, South Central Kansas Clinic, includes Kamran Shahzada, MD, internal medicine; Rhonda Green, MD, family medicine; Eric Thomson, MD, family medicine; and Angela Ziegler, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.
Self-care dialysis is the future of in-center dialysis. Don’t many of us remember when we “had our gas pumped for us”? Yet today we think nothing of filling our own tanks. With self-care dialysis, the renal failure patient will take more responsibility for his or her own treatment.
Striking one of every five U.S. adults — more than 46 million people — and affecting all genders, ages and races, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability, according to the Arthritis Foundation. 
I see a lot of runners and athletes in our clinic, and they come in with a myriad of issues: low back pain, plantar fasciitis and knee tendinitis just to name a few.