What's Up, Doc? is a weekly health segment on WROK sponsored by MercyHealth. Each week they highlight a different doctor/healthcare professional to come on our show and talk to us about their specialty. It has turned into one of our favorite segments. All of our doctors have exhibited a "human" side that people don't always get to see with their physicians. We encourage you to check out some of our past episodes here. We've done about 30 of these segments highlighting everything from Lyme disease to hernia repair to finding a health care plan and everything else in between. We've learned a lot and hope you can too.

This week's guest was Dr. Raj Kakarla. His specialty at MercyHealth is treating blood clots with a very advanced procedure. The procedure that Dr. Kakarla explains to us in detail is usually only found in major metropolitan hospitals like Chicago or Milwaukee. This minimally invasive treatment 10 or 15 years ago would have required Rockford residents to drive hours to receive and require at least an overnight stay. Today, it's usually an outpatient visit done right here in town.

Dr. Kakarla mentioned that was also a teaching doctor and that definitely came through during the interview. He spoke extemporaneously about multiple topics with clear and concise detail. Any medical student that finds themselves under his tutelage should consider themselves lucky.

We sincerely thank Dr. Kakarla for his time today. If you'd like to follow up on anything Dr. Kakarla said, you should reach out to his office in Mercyhealth at 815-971-5000.

A new episode of What's Up, Doc? airs every Thursday morning at 8:35 on 1440 WROK.

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