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March 17th, 2017

Hearing Loss Spurs Doctor to Pay it Forward

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Inspired by physicians who cared for her as a young child with hearing loss, Dr. Greta Stamper used that experience as a springboard to a career as an audiologist and a teacher for others following the same path.

Today, Greta Stamper, Au.D., Ph.D., is a doctor of audiology in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. But her connection to Mayo Clinic dates all the way back to her childhood.

Growing up in Iowa, Dr. Stamper was introduced to Mayo at age 10, when her parents took her to see Michael Schultz, Au.D., an audiologist in the Mayo Clinic Health System. Diagnosed with a bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at age 8, she had made many visits to hearing health care professionals before she met Dr. Schultz. But he was different.

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Tags: Audiology, Dr Greta Stamper, Hearing Loss, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, otorhinolaryngology

January 3rd, 2017

Diagnosis and Treatment for a Rare Disease Brings Back Trish Byrd’s Hearing and Optimism

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Careful evaluation at Mayo Clinic reveals that the source of Trish Byrd’s debilitating ear problems was actually a serious and possibly life-threatening disease.

In spring 2016, Trish Byrd went deaf. And no one knew why. With constant ear pain and unable to hear, Trish saw seven different doctors in her home state of New Mexico. After months of treatment, there was no improvement in her symptoms.

“I kept asking, ‘What’s wrong with me?’” Trish says. “None of my doctors could give me an answer. That’s when my husband and I decided it was time to go to Mayo Clinic.”

At Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, Trish met ear, nose and throat specialist Peter Weisskopf, M.D. He carefully reviewed her records, talked with her about her health history, and did a physical exam. By the end of their first meeting, Dr. Weisskopf believed he knew what was causing Trish’s symptoms.

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Tags: Dr Lester Mertz, Dr Peter Weisskopf, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, otorhinolaryngology, Rheumatology

November 3rd, 2016

Routine Exam Leads to Successful Tonsil Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

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For Gary Pearson, a physical required to renew his driver’s license led to evaluation of a suspicious lump on his neck that turned out to be tonsil cancer. With prompt diagnosis and treatment at Mayo Clinic, Gary is now cancer-free.

When Gary Pearson went in for a routine physical required by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to maintain his commercial driving privileges, he left with much more than a renewed driver’s license. The 58-year-old departed his appointment with an urgent directive from the nurse practitioner that examined him to see his primary care doctor. The reason: Gary had a bulbous lump on his neck.

“If she hadn’t found it, who knows how long it would’ve taken to detect it,” says Gary of Claudia Swanton, the advanced practice nurse in Mayo Clinic’s Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine who performed the exam.

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Tags: Claudia Swanton, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, otorhinolaryngology, preventive medicine, radiation therapy

September 27th, 2016

After Sinus Surgery at Age 82, Charles Metzler Is Breathing Easy

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If you go looking for Charles Metzler, you’ll often find him out on the acreage he owns in the Rocky Mountain foothills near Casper, Wyoming. The 82-year-old spends his days tending his well-manicured lawn, caring for his troop of animals — ducks, rabbits, a pot-bellied pig named Mimi, and a miniature donkey named Haley — and working on projects to spruce up the property. He even acquired timbers from an old railway station that was being torn down and built a covered bridge over a stream on his land.

“I think I might have one of the only covered bridges in Wyoming,” says Charles. “Projects like that are fun. I like to stay busy, and I like to be active.”

For years, though, Charles’ activities were hampered by breathing problems. Chronic sinus trouble made breathing through his nose very difficult. He knew surgery might correct the problem, but he hesitated to go through with it.

“I’ve had problems with my nose ever since my high school days. I saw quite a few doctors, and they all informed me that I probably should have my nose operated on, so I would feel better,” Charles says. “My problem was that I was always scared of having the operation. Then I met Dr. [Erin] O’Brien. It was just the manner in which she explained the surgery to me — what would occur and the benefits I’d derive from it. Her manner relaxed me. After that, I wanted to have that operation.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Deviated Septum, Endoscopic Surgery, Nasal Polyps, otorhinolaryngology, Septoplasty, Sinus Surgery, Dr Erin O'Brien

October 4th, 2013

Mark Gilbertson 2.0 – Putting the Pieces Together Again

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After a terrible accident left him barely alive and in need of major reconstruction, Mark Gilbertson found the right team at Mayo Clinic to help piece things back together again. He shares his story below.


Mark Gilbertson

My name is Mark Gilbertson, and here’s my story.

I am originally from Brainerd, Minn. I joined the Air Force following high school and retired in 2009 after 22 years of active duty as an aircraft mechanic. I now work for the Boeing Company as an aircraft mechanic at an air base in Hungary. My family and I have lived there for nearly four years.

On Dec. 19, 2012, some workers at the airbase were opening a large hangar door using a steel cable attached to the front of a large truck. The cable was stretched across the road. The weather was rainy, and it was a little dark. As I approached in my car, I did not see the cable, and struck it at about 29 MPH.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: dental implants, Dr. Eric Moore, Dr Kevin Arce, jaw surgery, otorhinolaryngology, Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

January 15th, 2013

Unraveling the Mystery of Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome

By Makala Arce MakalaJohnson

Imagine listening in real time to the thump, thump of your own heartbeat, the rush of your blood pulsing through your veins, and even the slightest twitch of your eyes - all in surround sound.  Those are but a few of the symptoms that Wendy Tapper was experiencing when she arrived at the Mayo Clinic in May of 2012.

The Journey to Mayo

Wendy TapperOutgoing and energetic Wendy, of Kansas City, Mo., enjoyed a career as a producer and publicist.  Bringing people and ideas together was second nature to Wendy and aided in her determination to find the answers in her own health care.

For three years prior to coming to Mayo Clinic in spring 2012, Wendy went from doctor to doctor and endured batteries of tests, scans, appointments and misdiagnoses.  Her rare condition ultimately revealed by Mayo physicians was masked in part by two distinct illnesses - breast cancer and a stroke. 

While those illnesses and the treatments Wendy was receiving are life-altering, they were compounded with the escalation of an underlying third and separate issue.  It was the escalation of her symptoms of dizziness, hearing loss and a drastically diminishing quality of life that brought Wendy to Mayo Clinic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: balance, Dr. Charles Beatty, Dr. Daniel Blum, ear, Hearing, otorhinolaryngology, Round Window Occlusion, Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome, surgery, Wendy Tapper

March 28th, 2012

Never Give Up On Your Health – Sniffing out a Discovery

By Makala Arce MakalaJohnson

Katie LittleMy name is Katie Little and I am 28 years old.   I have experienced many nasal problems throughout my life, including two nose fractures and, over the last 10 years, have experienced significant difficulty breathing at night.  I tried a variety of methods to alleviate my problem, such as nasal sprays, acupuncture, fans, Neti Pots, and various sleeping aids.  While some of these approaches helped on a short term basis, none provided me with long term relief.  Trying so many different approaches became time consuming, frustrating, and expensive.

During the last 5 years, I have gone to three different doctors for opinions regarding my problem, with all three indicating that nothing was wrong and that I should learn to live with this difficulty.  I then became a fanatic in researching which enabled me to conclude that my problem might be a deviated septum.  I talked with my mother who recommended that I see an ENT doctor at Mayo Clinic as a last result.

Within 24 hours, using Mayo’s website, I had an appointment with Dr. Grant Hamilton III, Senior Associate Consultant, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Otorhinolaryngology Department at Rochester.  One of the first things Dr. Hamilton did was to use a scope to examine the inside of my nose.  Dr. Hamilton immediately cited that I had a large bone growth, called a spur, inside one of my nostrils and that the bone growth was very likely the reason for my breathing difficulty and advised me that I should have surgery to remove the growth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: bone growth, Dr. Grant Hamilton III, ENT, Katie Little, Matthew Clark PhD, nasal, nose, otorhinolaryngology, spur, surgery

February 22nd, 2010

Patients Inspired New Integrated Space for ENT Practice in Minnesota

By Elizabeth Rice elizabeth rice

The Mayo Clinic Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT, or ear, nose and throat) in Rochester, Minn. recently moved from their locations in three different buildings to one new, integrated space on the 12th floor of the Gonda Building. The new floor better serves patients by bringing ENT, audiology, cochlear implantation services, balance and vestibular testing and hearing aid services together in one location.

In the video below, Charles Beatty, M.D., chair of otorhinolaryngology, describes features of the new space.

The 12th floor of the Gonda Building was designed with the help of some ENT patients and families. Holly Bowe and her 8 year-old son, Porter, have spent a lot of time in ENT appointments, as Porter received cochlear implants as an infant. Holly was one of the individuals who provided input in the design and planning. In the video below, she describes Porter's story and why they love the new space.

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Tags: Audiology, cochlear implants, Dr. Beatty, ENT, Gonda, Gonda Building, Holly Bowe, otorhinolaryngology, Porter Bowe

March 13th, 2009

Benefits of Collaborative Patient Care – Thoughts from a Mayo Clinic Head and Neck Surgeon

By Elizabeth Rice elizabeth rice

In the video below, Eric Moore, M.D., a head and neck surgeon at Mayo Clinic, describes benefits of the comprehensive, collaborative and efficient patient care provided every day to Mayo Clinic patients.

For more information on recent research by Dr. Moore, view the post and video on transoral robotic surgery for throat cancers.

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Tags: collaboration, ENT, mayo, Matthew Clark PhD, otorhinolaryngology, patient care, throat cancer

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