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General Surgery

August 23rd, 2017

Stitch by Stitch — Mayo Clinic Hernia Repair Model Helps Surgeons Hone Critical Skills

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A low-cost model developed at Mayo Clinic is being used as a tool for surgeons on the other side of the world to learn how to effectively repair inguinal hernias — a major health issue in many countries.

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Tags: Dr. David Farley, Dr. Muhammad Zeb, Inguinal hernia, Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center


May 4th, 2017

Bariatric Surgery Generates Far-Reaching Benefits for Scott Decker

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Extra weight was ruining Scott Decker’s health and draining his bank account. Bariatric surgery helped Scott lose the weight and set the course to a healthier, happier life.  

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. David Ciresi, Mayo Clinic Health System, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Weight-loss surgery


October 13th, 2016

After Motorcycle Crash, Surgical-Assistant-Turned-Patient Sees Hospital With New Eyes

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As a first surgical assistant for 23 years with Mayo Clinic Health System, Shari Callaghan was trained to provide the utmost in care to her patients. But the 55-year-old resident of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, says she didn’t fully grasp the quality of care Mayo patients receive until she became one herself. For 31 years, Shari […]

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Tags: Dr. Bradley Grewe, Emergency Department, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury


May 9th, 2016

Simulation and Reality Meet to Find Ideal Surgical Approach for Florida Patient

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For six months, Chad Thompson slept sitting up to ease debilitating headaches caused by a tumor growing on a nerve in his head. Now, after a successful surgery at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus in March, the 40-year-old Jacksonville resident is having conversations with friends and co-workers that he never expected. “People keep asking, ‘When are […]

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Tags: anatomage, Chad Thompson, Dr. John Casler, Florida, MayoClinicFL, Otorhinolaryngoloyg, Schwannoma, Simulation Center


January 4th, 2016

Retired Nurse Goes “All In” for Weight Loss, Sheds Pounds, Gains Energy and Passion

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It’s tempting to describe Sonya “Sunny” Johnson, a retired Mayo Clinic nurse, as a poster child for successful weight loss surgery. Cliché or not, she readily accepts the moniker as a point of pride. In fact, these days, when Sunny passes a mirror, she asks herself, “Who is that?” Her ambitious journey to weight loss […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, bariatric surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Mayo Clinic Bariatric Program, Weight Loss


December 28th, 2015

There’s No Breaking Leo DeGoursey’s Stride

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A minimally invasive procedure allows Leo DeGoursey to move on from lung cancer surgery without missing a beat. Leo DeGoursey is used to being busy. Until age 50, he enjoyed a career as a printer. Then he made a switch and spent the next two decades developing curriculum, equipping a lab, and teaching printing at […]

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Tags: Dr. Matthew Thomas, lung cancer, minimally invasive surgery, U-VATS


November 13th, 2015

Recovery Turns Into Cancer Battle for Avid Runner

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                                    An avid runner, Judi Zitiello, 66, was forced into a six-week hiatus when she developed a meniscus tear in early 2014. The retired financial executive was always active – exercising, hosting dinner parties, and volunteering to run the JT Townsend […]

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Tags: Dr. Horacio Asbun, Dr. Kristina DeMatas, Florida Campus, pancreas, Pancreatic Cancer, purple strides, Whipple


November 5th, 2015

Gut Feeling, Being in Right Place May Have Saved Lynn Witherspoon

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

When Lynn Witherspoon was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to move quickly. And she wanted to move to a place she felt would give her the care she needed. So she and her husband moved from their home in North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida, to be near Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. “We live in […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Matthew Robertson III, Dr. Sanjay Bagaria, Dr. Saranya Chumsri, Florida Campus, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, lumpectomy, Ovarian Cancer


August 26th, 2015

Experimental Nerve Graft Puts Former Green Beret Back on his Feet

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Others might have panicked, but former U.S. Special Forces Engineer Kevin Flike kept his wits about him when he was shot in the abdomen during a firefight in Afghanistan four years ago. Through the worst pain of his life, the Green Beret pushed forward. He radioed his injury to teammates and began assessing the wound, […]

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Tags: Dr. Robert Spinner, Dr. Scott Zietlow, nerve graft, Neurosurgery, Peripheral Nerve Injury


July 29th, 2015

Surgery for Sunken Breastbone Reshapes Patient’s Chest, Shapes Career Path

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Written by Rebecca Uhl “My chest just has a dent.” “Everyone is unique, and this is simply the way I was made.” This is what I told myself growing up, being unaware that I had a congenital chest wall deformity known as pectus excavatum. As a sophomore at Temple University in Philadelphia pursuing a marketing […]

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Tags: Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski, pectus excavatum


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