The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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    1. New Knee Works Like Magic

      After suffering with debilitating knee pain for years, knee replacement surgery turned back the clock for Linda Bure, who went from walking with a cane to dancing with preschoolers. Linda Bure of Austin, Minnesota, knew it was time to take care of her aching knee when she noticed her dog starting to gain weight because [...]

    2. Living in the Present, Grateful for Life

      Buoyed by her Mayo Clinic care team, Kellie Leasure, a 48-year-old mother of four living with metastatic breast cancer, embraces each day. On the trip home from a Mayo Clinic appointment in January, where Kellie Leasure had received the news that metastatic breast cancer had again spread to her brain, "The Warrior" by Patty Smyth [...]

    3. From Mysterious Broken Bones to Ballroom Dancing

      Don Varney's bones were breaking, and no one could tell him why. But after being diagnosed with of a rare form of vitamin D deficiency triggered by a hard-to-detect tumor and then undergoing surgery to remove it, Don has returned to his active, athletic ways. Written by Don Varney My wife of 20 years, Yvonne, [...]

    4. 62-Year-Old Spinal Fusion Stands the Test of Time

      In 1956, spinal fusion surgery was in its infancy. But the pioneering medicine Joyce Gugler received for scoliosis from her Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeons at that time set her on the path to a pain-free future. Even at age 13, Joyce Weisman Gugler knew she was receiving state-of-the-art treatment when, in 1956, she underwent spinal [...]

    5. Right-Handed Once More, Thanks to Unique Orthopedic Surgery

      Craig Cretsinger had accepted the fact that he'd never be able to use his right hand ? until he learned about a specialized hand surgery at Mayo Clinic. For 45 years, Craig Cretsinger lived without the use of his right hand. It was the result of a spinal cord injury he'd suffered decades earlier. The [...]

    6. Former NATO Engineer Back in the Game After Shoulder Replacement

      When he began to have serious shoulder pain, James Biond feared his decades-long enjoyment of racquetball might come to an end. But his Mayo Clinic surgeon put those fears to rest. Now after shoulder replacement, James has returned to his favorite sport pain-free. Despite five knee operations and chronic arthritis, James Biond has always enjoyed [...]

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