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April 5th, 2017

3D Printing Paves the Way for Precision Surgeries

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Using advanced 3D models to prepare for complex surgeries helps Mayo Clinic surgeons precisely tailor treatment to individual patients and their unique needs.

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 and navigate the trickiest of procedures.

In late 2016, Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon Mark Allen, M.D. was part of a surgical team that used a 3D printed model to help them prepare to remove a rare, intrusive pancoast tumor. The tumor had grown in the chest of a patient, between his ribs and among the vessels just above his lungs.

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Tags: 3D printing, Dr Jane Matsumoto, Dr Basel Sharaf, Dr Jonathan Morris, Dr Mark Allen, Dr Uldis Bite, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Radiology


July 20th, 2016

Unique Form of Genetic Testing Uncovers the Reason for Years of Mysterious Symptoms

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SharonMills805When she was a teenager, Sharon Mills started having excruciating pain after eating. Medical tests found abnormalities with her liver but no reason for the irregularities or pain. She continued to experience the troubling symptoms for decades.

As an adult, Sharon moved to different parts of the country several times. With each move, she visited academic medical centers and underwent a wide variety of tests and procedures in hopes of uncovering a reason for her pain. No one could give her an answer, until she moved to Jacksonville, Florida.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Consultative and Diagnostic Medicine, Dr Floyd Willis, Dr Paldeep Atwal, Family Medicine, Florida, metabolomics


July 23rd, 2013

For patient in Honolulu, Mayo Clinic is just one click away

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Traci Downs with her husband, Hunter, and son, Aidan

Living in Hawaii definitely has its benefits — the beautiful scenery, the tropical weather, the ocean. But, what if you are living with a chronic condition and there aren't any specialists on the island? For Traci Downs, the answer was Mayo Clinic and Patient Online Services, a tool that enables patients to connect with Mayo Clinic anytime, anywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: internet, Matthew Clark PhD, patient app, patient online services, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, Traci Downs


May 11th, 2012

Heart Patients Use iPad

By Makala Arce MakalaArce

A new iPad app uses Mayo Clinic patient education to help patients learn about recovery after heart surgery. The app offers patients a wide range of content, including videos, available at the touch of a fingertip.

Mayo Clinic Patient Randy Sterner is one patient who benefitted from using the new app. Stern says the app helped him find important resources and keep track of the things he needed to do each day.

Watch the Mayo Medical Edge video below to find out more about his experience.

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Tags: heart surgery, ipad app, Matthew Clark PhD, Randy Sterner


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