The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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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. Battling a Brain Tumor, Finding Grace

    As a pastor, Johann Lochner believes his life's journey is guided by a higher power. Nowhere was that knowledge made clearer for Johann than at Mayo Clinic, where he encountered a team of physicians whose care and surgical talents in removing an insidious brain tumor gave him his life back. When Johann Lochner boarded a [...]

  2. Heading Forward With Gratitude and Grace

    For Marisa Bella, living with a rare neurological condition meant managing sustained pain and an unnatural head position, as well as dealing with unwanted reactions from strangers. For years Marisa navigated life while suffering the physical, mental and emotional effects of her illness. That all changed in 2018 when a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon helped her [...]

  3. Robotic Spine Surgery Renews Scott Walling's Independence

    Last summer, Scott Walling was in excruciating pain, and he could barely walk. Today he's pain-free and enjoying his favorite hobbies again, thanks to a new procedure offered by Mayo Clinic's Department of Neurosurgery. One of Scott Walling's favorite activities is trapshooting, especially because it's a pastime he gets to share with his children -- [...]

  4. Puzzling Symptoms Explained by Hydrocephalus Diagnosis

    It took some time to discover the source of the troubling symptoms that plagued Dorothy Sorlie. But once she was diagnosed with normal pressure hydrocephalus, neurosurgery fixed the problem and allowed Dorothy to return to the activities she loves. For two years, Dorothy Sorlie struggled with symptoms that appeared unrelated and progressively got worse. The [...]

  5. Neurosurgery Inspires Athlete's Career Path

    More than a decade after nerve transfer surgery restored mobility to his right shoulder, Peter Rechenberg is not only able to do Olympic lifts, he's using his experience at Mayo Clinic to bring healing to others. Peter Rechenberg loves his job as a home health care physical therapist working with older adults who have been [...]

  6. Looking to Crack the Code on Cavernous Malformations

    Kandie Nelson didn't know she had a medical problem until the moment she wasn't able to speak clearly. Now Kandie and her family are helping researchers learn more about the abnormally formed blood vessels that triggered her symptoms. Blood vessels in Kandie Nelson's brain had become abnormally tangled and twisted around themselves. But for years, [...]

  7. Using the Art of Medicine to Overcome Fear of Surgery

    For years, artist Jennifer Hunter harbored an intense fear of surgery and lived with chronic pain. When the pain became debilitating, she decided to find a way to use her art to manage her anxiety. Jennifer Hunter uses art to express herself and?identity with the world. It's a tool that helps her process information and [...]

  8. Headaches Gone, Independence Restored

    Michelle Griffis battled debilitating headaches for more than a year. But after several neurosurgeries and care from a multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic, she's made a full recovery. Now Michelle and her son are back to exploring their world together.? Michelle Griffis has a lot to celebrate this holiday season. After spending two months in [...]

  9. Facial Pain Is More Than Meets the Eye

    Nancy Hannafin suffered from terrible pain on one side of her face for several years. Finally, a visit to her optometrist led to a breakthrough. Nerve pain was causing the problem, and brain surgery at Mayo Clinic fixed it. Nancy Hannafin makes a point of appreciating the little things in life: birds singing, flowers blooming, [...]

  10. Making Music Again After Bidding a Tumor Goodbye

    After months of living with sharp, shooting pain in her arm, Corrine Craig sought help at Mayo Clinic. Her care and treatment by a multidisciplinary team took away the pain and allowed the piano player to return to the pastime she loves. Corrine Craig ended 2016 in horrible pain. It disrupted her days and kept [...]

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