The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Mayo Clinic neurologists and neurosurgeons provide expert, whole-person care for every patient. Learn more about how Mayo Clinic can provide exactly the care you need.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Back to Pursuing Her Passions After Spine Surgery

    Kathie Hanson went from being an active outdoor enthusiast to being unable to walk without assistance. But the care she received at Mayo Clinic has again allowed her to take part in the many activities that fill her life with joy. Swimming has been a huge part of Kathie Hanson's life. She was a lifeguard [...]

  2. Surviving and Thriving After Life-Threatening Illnesses

    Within the past six years, Devender Tulla developed two serious conditions that could have ended badly for the politician from India. But thanks to his Mayo Clinic care team, Devender was able to fight back. Now he's returned to work representing his constituents. For 30 years, Devender Goud Tulla, of Hyderabad, India, easily maintained the [...]

  3. Using Expertise and Teamwork to Tackle a Brain Tumor

    After being plagued by mysterious symptoms for more than a year, Richard Uihlein was diagnosed with a brain tumor and told nothing could be done about it. Undeterred, he went to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There he found a way forward after all.? For more than a year, Lauralee Uihlein couldn't shake the [...]

  4. Toddler's Personalized Care Sparks Enormous Strides

    Affected by a rare neuromuscular condition, Katie Emerson was beset by extreme muscle weakness that affected her ability to eat, speak and move. Then her mother learned about a Mayo Clinic physician whose pioneering research into Katie's condition gave the child a chance at normalcy. These days, 3-year-old Katie Emerson is all smiles. The happy [...]

  5. Released to Reengage With Life

    Weighed down by pain and weakness, Valieda Burns became confined and isolated. But neurosurgery to decompress her spine freed her to once again be active, engaged and connected with others. In July, 78-year-old Valieda Burns took the trip of a lifetime ? a 14-day cruise to the British Isles with a side trip to Paris. [...]

  6. Getting Bob Back on His Feet

    Diagnosis and treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus for Robert Richter meant the difference between being confined to a wheelchair and being able to actively enjoy his life. Members of Robert Richter's extended family were excited to see him on his feet and walking unassisted at the annual family picnic in early August. "They went through [...]

  7. Finding New Purpose After Career-Ending Concussions

    After multiple concussions and memory loss, professional football player Ben Utecht went to Mayo Clinic for help. Since then, Ben's gained insight into the importance of promptly recognizing and treating concussions. Now he's dedicated to sharing that knowledge with others. Ben Utecht's professional football r?sum? included a Super Bowl championship with the Indianapolis Colts and [...]

  8. Minimally Invasive Back Surgery Puts Fear and Pain in the Past

    Michele Krause's fear of surgery prevented her from seeking a surgical remedy for her back pain for years. All of that began to change?when she heard?a Mayo Clinic surgeon explain a less-invasive procedure. Michele Krause was scared. She needed spinal fusion surgery. But after witnessing the consequences a family member had suffered after going through [...]

  9. Surviving and Thriving Against All Odds

    Time and again, 5-year-old Aaliya Lopez has pulled through life-threatening medical crises, and thanks to ongoing medical support, the future she faces now is as wide open as her smile. In her heart, Beverly Brumm knew it was not her daughter Aaliya's time to go. The 22-month-old ? who'd already survived slim odds as an [...]

  10. Epilepsy Surgery Frees Kelly Daniels to Enjoy Her Independence

    Kelly Daniels tried to control her seizures with medications. But the drugs were ineffective, and they left her feeling disoriented. Then she turned to Mayo Clinic, where she had brain surgery that stopped the seizures and put her life back on track. For a long time, seizures were a regular part of Kelly Daniels' life. [...]

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Oct. 26, 2018