The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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    1. Surgery to Remove a Nerve Tumor Restores Rose's Joy

      Eleven years of constant pain had left Rose Boehmer worn down and discouraged. Then she met Robert Spinner, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic, who not only identified the long-hidden source of her pain, he and his surgical team eliminated it -- returning Rose to a full and happy life. Rose Boehmer had endured chronic [...]

    2. Walking Tall After Spine Surgery

      Gyles Randall lived for years with pervasive pain that radiated down his legs. When he no longer could tolerate the discomfort, he sought medical help and was surprised to be referred to a neurosurgeon. But that referral made a world of difference. As an agriculture researcher focused on soil fertility, nutrient management and tillage, Gyles [...]

    3. Cancer and Brain Tumors Call for Coordinated, Multidisciplinary Care

      Rick and Geri Minard with Doc. As a sled dog trainer, Rick Minard has faced blizzards and subzero temperatures. But those challenges paled in comparison to facing a complicated medical situation that involved brain tumors and two cancer diagnoses. He's been able to weather it all, though, thanks to the trust he's placed in his [...]

    4. Advanced Surgery Corrects Rare Birth Defect for Two Brothers

      When a rare disorder was identified in the Doyles' eldest son, they chose the experts at Mayo Clinic to treat and manage his condition. Two years later, when the same disorder appeared in their second child, they didn't think twice about where to take him for care. Parenting a child with an uncommon birth defect [...]

    5. From Tumor to Toddler: A Montana Man's Path to Fatherhood

      As a newlywed couple trying to have a baby, Derin and Sandra Gebhardt were anxious and worried when they failed to conceive. But Mayo Clinic surgeons provided new hope after successfully removing a tumor near Derin's brain that was the cause of their infertility and the root of his other health problems. When Derin and [...]

    6. After Setback, Kaidra's Cancer Journey Continues With Family, Friends and Mayo Clinic by Her Side

      Kaidra Froelich was terrified by the brain cancer diagnosis that brought her to Mayo Clinic. But her expert surgical team got rid of the tumor. Then the disease came back. Now Kaidra and her Mayo team are determined to beat the cancer a second time as her family and friends rally around her. Giuseppe Lanzino, [...]

    7. Despite a Rare Blood Vessel Abnormality, Allison Dances On

      When a cavernous malformation was discovered in her brain, Allison Nilsen turned to Mayo Clinic for answers. The care and treatment she's received at Mayo has allowed her to complete her college degree and continue doing what she loves. Allison Nilsen has been dancing since she was 2 years old. And despite being diagnosed with [...]

    8. After Back Surgery, Jamie Ruden's on the Court Again and Looking to Help Others

      When Division 1 women's college basketball player Jamie Ruden could no longer play through, or live with, the chronic back pain that was keeping her from playing her usual style of basketball, she came to Mayo Clinic for the surgical fix she knew she needed. Jamie Ruden knew right away something was wrong. It was [...]

    9. Spine Surgery Tames Pain, Puts School Bus Driver Back Behind the Wheel

      For more than a decade, Mike Ramsey suffered from debilitating pain due to a severe spinal deformity. He thought disability and pain would always dominate his life. Then he met a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic who offered him a path to relief. Today, Mike is pain-free. Mike Ramsey dealt with lower back pain for years. [...]

    10. Beating Back a Brain Tumor Amid Loss

      Terence Burns, M.D., and Katie Garrison When Katie Garrison embarked on treatment for a brain tumor, she did so supported by her husband, Joe. Midway through her journey, however, Joe died from complications due to his own cancer, and Katie leaned on her Mayo Clinic care team. Now, with their compassionate care and customized therapies, [...]

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