The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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    1. Spinal Fusion Surgery Revives an Active Lifestyle

      After a sudden injury left her with multiple ruptured disks in her lower back, Pat Henneberry knew Mayo Clinic was the place she wanted to go to help her get back on her feet. Returning to her home in Austin, Texas, one day in spring 2018, Pat Henneberry stepped inside and without warning fell to [...]

    2. Scoliosis Surgery Preserves Teen's Mobility, Boosts Self-Esteem

      As an active teenager, Mason Orth struggled with the back brace she had to wear to correct her scoliosis. And she was hesitant to move forward with the other treatment option presented to her, spinal fusion. But a consult at Mayo Clinic revealed another option -- one that has yielded dramatic results. To 17-year-old Mason [...]

    3. Goodbye to Pain After Long-Delayed Hip Surgery

      The thought of hip replacement surgery made Blake Robinson extremely anxious, and for years, he put off the procedure. But when the pain became too much to bear, his medical team helped Blake overcome his fear. Now with the surgery behind him, and his hip pain gone, he's grateful for the high-quality care he received. [...]

    4. Sports Medicine Propels Ray Yeary to New Heights

      When it comes to outdoor pursuits, Ray Yeary is more than a weekend warrior. A lifelong backpacker and adventure sports enthusiast, Ray has been able to take on increasingly more strenuous activities thanks to the comprehensive care he's received at Mayo's Sports Medicine Clinic. Hiking and being outdoors are passions for Ray Yeary. He loves [...]

    5. Shoulder Injury Can't Sideline Young Coach

      When Nicholas Oeltjen, a physical education teacher and coach, suffered a complex shoulder injury, his Mayo care team crafted a treatment plan that got him back on the field. Nicholas Oeltjen is no stranger to shoulder pain. The 24-year-old endured one shoulder injury and a subsequent surgery several years ago. So when he heard a [...]

    6. Weight Loss Sets the Stage for Successful Surgery

      With hard work and determination, Ann Statz lost more than 100 pound in preparation for knee surgery. Now she's feeling much better and reaping the rewards of renewed health. For more than a decade, Ann Statz endured knee pain that limited her mobility and restricted her activity. The 59-year-old Eau Claire, Wisconsin, resident avoided stairs [...]

    7. Joyriding Once More

      When chronic hip pain drove Brenda Brault to seek medical care, the long-distance runner and triathlete assumed her high-level athletic pursuits were over. Rather than limiting her abilities, however, surgery allowed Brenda's training to keep moving forward. For more than 30 years, Brenda Brault lived with pain. Beginning in high school, when discomfort from a [...]

    8. Expert Surgery Puts Hiker Back on Top

      When hip dysplasia triggered painful symptoms, Sandra Cook feared her hiking days were over. But an intricate orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic took away the pain, and now Sandra has happily returned to the trails. When Sandra Cook stood atop the granite monolith Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, not only could she see the [...]

    9. Handily Moving Forward After Devastating Injury

      When Kennedy Folkedahl's hand was cut off during a construction accident, the young man thought life as he knew it was over. But thanks to the support of his Mayo Clinic care team and years of physical therapy, Kennedy is embracing an alternate future with enthusiasm and appreciation. When Kennedy Folkedahl completely severed his left [...]

    10. 3D Modeling Powers Innovation in Patient Care

      Thanks to a titanium implant constructed with 3D modeling technology, Isaac Garcia has moved past his diagnosis of bone cancer and is back to enjoying an active life with his family. Isaac Garcia wakes up each morning looking forward to jumping dirt hills on his mountain bike with his son. But it wasn't that long [...]

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