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Moments in Medicine - The Nebraska Medical Center

Gaining Control Over Chronic Pain

This year the medical center is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Pain Management Program. Graduates of this unique program are celebrating by sharing their stories.


A car accident that splintered his vertebrae changed Matthew Saathoff’s life. The pain was so unbearable, that Saathoff struggled to get through school and life. After seeking treatment at the Pain Management Program at The Nebraska Medical Center, Saathoff now has the tools and strategies to manage his pain and has been able to get his life back on track. Read Sathoff’s blog post.


New Procedure Reduces Stroke Risk Without Blood Thinners

Atrial fibrillation is the most common form of arrhythmia. The condition increases with age and affects as many as one in 10 people over 80. One of the greatest risks of atrial fibrillation is stroke, but not everyone is a candidate for blood thinners that reduce stroke risk. 


Cardiologist John Scherschel, MD, at The Nebraska Medical Center, is the first to bring to the region a new a minimally invasive procedure called the Lariat that can significantly reduce a person’s stroke risk. Marc Leger is one of those benefitting from this procedure. Watch video.


Little Red Wagons Brighten Pediatric Floor

Those visiting the Pediatric floor at Clarkson Tower of The Nebraska Medical Center might see something a little out of the ordinary these days – children being transported in little red wagons.


The Cozad Volunteer Fire Department recently donated 14 Radio Flyer Wagons in addition to $4,000 to the pediatric floor. Visit our Facebook page and see how their donation brought many smiles to the children at the medical center. See photos.

"I've cut my finger before and had to put bigger Band-Aids on it than that. They did a heart procedure and that's it - one little Band-Aid."

Marc Leger, lariat procedure patient

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Head and Neck Cancer Screening

Approximately 50,000 Americans will develop oral, head and neck cancer this year.


Risk factors include: smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol, prior cancer in the region and multiple sex partners.


Signs and symptoms are: a mouth sore that doesn’t heal, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, change in voice or a painless lump.


A free screening opportunity is available Tuesday, April 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the medical center.


Appointments are limited. Registration is required. Please call 800-922-0000 to schedule your screening and for detailed information.

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