Surgery Patient Stories - Bronson Healthcare

Lisa Billmaier

When Lisa Billmaier of Athens began experiencing abnormal bleeding, her primary care physician knew something was seriously wrong and referred her to Dr. Mahmood Siddiqui of Bronson OB/GYN – Capital Ave who scheduled her for a Single-Site Laparoscopic Surgery. Three days after her minimally invasive hysterectomy procedure, Lisa was back to normal. And for that, she’s eternally grateful.

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Michele Kozminski

Michele Kozminski of Mattawan knew that her family had a history of cancer related to a hereditary gene mutation, BRCA-2, which puts women at a higher risk for ovarian and breast cancer. After learning from a genetic counselor that she was a carrier of the hereditary gene, it was important for Michele to take preventive action. That is when she was referred to robotic surgeon Anna Hoekstra, MD, at the West Michigan Cancer Center for a single-site total hysterectomy to remove her uterus and ovaries. Michelle made a quick recovery and now has the peace of mind that comes from knowing she no longer has to live in fear of ovarian, fallopian tube and uterine cancer. 

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Cheryl Rogers

Cheryl Rogers had been experiencing fecal incontinence for several months. She didn't realize the severity of her condition until she felt a sharp, crippling pain in her side. Mahesh Karamchandani, MD, of Bronson Center for Colon & Rectal Diseases - Battle Creek had a solution. An InterStim sacral neuromodulation procedure helped Cheryl return to her normal activities. "I was just elated. I can’t believe how modern medicine has expanded.” 

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Natalie Dean

Natalie Dean was hospitalized three times in three months. Being a single working mother, this was terribly difficult. The absence of her children left her feeling sad, alone and worrying about their safety.  Luckily, her sorrows were relieved by one of Bronson’s Magnet Award winning nurses.

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Angela Castellani

Angela Castellani suffered from uterine prolapse since having her first son in 1988. After receiving a referral to Paul Berkowitz, MD, she decided to become the first person at Bronson to receive a total hysterectomy using the da Vinci® surgical system.

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Brian Cotton

In eight years since Brian Cotton’s first back surgery, technology advancements like Bronson’s O-arm® surgical imaging system have made spine surgery faster and recovery less painful.  Bronson is the only hospital in southwest Michigan to offer surgeons this important tool.

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Sandy Morris

Just nine hours after her complete hysterectomy, Sandy Morris felt well enough to walk the halls at Bronson. And she went home the next day, thanks to her surgeon and Bronson’s daVinci® Surgical System. 

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Anna Rose 

Anna and her doctor tried many ways to regulate her menstrual cycles. A total hysterectomy with Bronson’s daVinci Surgical System® and a single pain pill took care of the problem. 

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