Patient stories

  1. Microsurgery Provides Much-Needed Relief to Teen With Lymphedema

    Hobbled with painful ankle swelling for a year, Amanda Garrett finally found answers and a solution at Mayo Clinic. Amanda Garrett's ankle was painful and extremely swollen, and for a year, no one could tell her why. The 18-year-old went from specialist to specialist to determine what was causing her left ankle to swell up [...]

  2. Breathing Easier After Nose Reconstruction Surgery

    Plagued by breathing problems and unwanted changes in her appearance, Diane Kolmer turned to Mayo Clinic for diagnosis and treatment that included reconstructive surgery. Now she's back to looking and feeling like herself again. Twenty-one years ago, when Diane Kolmer began her battle with multiple sclerosis (MS), she came to Mayo Clinic looking for answers [...]

  3. Minor Scrape Leads to Major Health Crisis

    A seemingly innocent scrape on the hand landed Chris Gordon in a fight for his life after it morphed into a serious infection of a flesh-eating bacterium known as necrotizing fasciitis. The morning of March 18, 2017, started like many others for Chris Gordon. "I was helping my wife get our kids into the van [...]

  4. 3D Printing Paves the Way for Precision Surgeries

    The surgical teams assembled to operate on Mayo Clinic's most complex patients lately have begun to consist of more than living, breathing members. The new recruits are usually small enough to hold in your hand, and they don't say a word. But the information conveyed by these 3D anatomical printed models is helping surgeons plan [...]

  5. Dylan Walling Survives Crash and Exceeds Expectations in Recovery

    As much as she?d like to forget Sept. 15, 2016, it's a day Julie George will never be able to erase from her memory. That day, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, woman?s 21-year-old son, Dylan Walling, was riding his motorcycle on a highway en route to his grandmother?s house when the unthinkable occurred. A slow-moving manure [...]

  6. Relieving Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment With Microsurgery

    In May 2013, at age 47, Angenette Monroe was diagnosed with invasive cancer in her left breast. After six months of chemotherapy, she had a mastectomy as part of her treatment plan. The former gastroenterology technologist had participated in many medical procedures and was well aware of the challenges people can face after surgery. But [...]

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