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Orthopedics

July 3rd, 2017

Saving Dave Boyett’s Foot With the Help of a Pressure Chamber

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After a series of accidents led to increasingly serious foot wounds and infections, Dave Boyett was told he might have to have his right foot amputed. Staff at Mayo Clinic’s Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine Program in Rochester, however, helped change that.

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Tags: diabetes, Dr. Daniel Ryssman, Dr. Paul Claus, Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Vascular Ulcer and Wound Healing Clinic


November 4th, 2016

Multiple Medical Emergencies Give Nurse A New Perspective on Mayo Clinic Care

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As a nurse for more than eight years at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus, Jacklyn Traurig knew firsthand the value of the organization’s team approach to health care. But although Jackie was practiced at providing quality care, she didn’t truly see just how exceptional Mayo Clinic’s style was until she found herself in back-to-back medical crises. […]

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Tags: Dr. Ian Parney, Emergency medicine, Jacklyn Traurig, Lori Pierce, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery


August 17th, 2016

After Severe Rotator Cuff Injuries, Stuart Baker Found Relief at Mayo Clinic

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For Stuart Baker, flying was life. After beginning his career as a flight attendant, Stuart eventually earned a pilot’s license and flew for a major airline. But by age 40, this native of Winchester, Virginia, had torn his right rotator cuff twice, grounding his ability to fly. It took seven years, three surgeries and extensive […]

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Tags: Dr. Cederic Ortiguera, Florida Campus, Orthopedic Surgery, Rotator Cuff


August 2nd, 2016

Tree Farmer’s Passion for the Outdoors Thrives Thanks to Palliative Care Team

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Roger Conklin has a passion for being outdoors. A tree farmer for more than 50 years, Roger looks forward to the changing seasons and experiencing the cycle of planting, growing and harvesting. Over the last two decades, however, health concerns have made his outdoor activities more challenging. During that time, Roger has undergone hip and […]

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Tags: Hip replacement, Knee Replacement, Mayo Clinic Health System, Palliative care, Prostate Cancer


July 21st, 2016

Volleyball Player Realizes Her Dream With Help From Her Mayo Clinic Team

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As senior captain of her high school volleyball team, Brooke Johnson was determined to lead her squad to the state tournament. Never mind that the team hadn’t made it there before. Or that her small school had never sent any athletic team to a state tournament. Or that Brooke had health issues that made playing […]

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Tags: Dr. Bruce Levy, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, Orthopedic Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis


May 29th, 2016

Limb Lengthening and Regeneration Clinic Offers Hope for Amarachi

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Just six months ago, every step for Amarachi Austin-Okoh was filled with pain. The 11-year-old from Nigeria had enough trouble walking. Things like running, playing tag or playing basketball seemed like a dream. But now they’re things she can look forward to, thanks to a life-changing trip to Mayo Clinic. Amarachi has a condition called […]

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Tags: Blount's Disease, Dr. S. Andrew Sems, Dr. Todd Milbrandt, Limb Lengthening, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Orthopedic Surgery


May 21st, 2016

Discerning Physician Turns to Mayo Clinic for Cancer Care

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Jim Biles, M.D., understands cancer treatment. A urologist who specializes in cancer surgery, he has spent his career focused on helping people receive the cancer care they need. So at age 72, when Dr. Biles received his own diagnosis of an aggressive type of cancer, he knew how critical it would be to get treatment […]

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Tags: Cancer, Chondrosarcoma, Dr. David Lewallen, Dr. Franklin Sim, Dr. Peter Rose, Hemipelvectomy, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


April 13th, 2016

New Surgery for Scoliosis Keeps Teen Agile and Active

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Camden Christopherson is an athlete: volleyball, basketball, softball, cross-country. She does them all. So when doctors told her, at age 13, that she had to wear a brace for 22 hours a day to combat scoliosis, and surgery to fuse her spine was likely in her future, Camden was devastated. These treatments could help correct […]

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Tags: Dr. Noelle Larson, Dr. Stephen Cassivi, Dr. Todd Milbrandt, Orthopedic Surgery, Scoliosis


March 23rd, 2016

Sarcoma Diagnosis Proves to be a Blessing for Young Mom

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Growing up on a farm in central Florida, Paige Douglas enjoyed a unique childhood, caring for a menagerie of animals, horseback riding, even barrel racing at local rodeos. But, when she was 10, Paige inadvertently hit her left knee while bouncing on a trampoline. Though she had no visible cuts, pain radiated up and down […]

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Tags: Dr. Courtney Sherman, Dr. Peter Murray, Dr. Steven Attia, Florida Campus, Paige Douglas, Patient Story, sarcoma, synovial sarcoma


February 3rd, 2016

Wisconsin Man “Falls From Sky” and Survives

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David Edming, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, didn’t want to slow down when he retired. The U.S. Navy veteran, age 56, took up aviation and purchased a powered parachute ultralight aircraft — a three-wheeled machine with a propeller that ascends when wind fills an attached parachute. “The thing with a powered parachute is you only fly in […]

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Tags: Broken Pelvis, Dr. Fernando Serna, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Medically Induced Coma, Nerve Damage, Orthopedic Surgery


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