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"We're calling it 'Planet Mayo,' it's so unlike any other medical institution"

Posted by catherine benson, Mar 23, 2009

Albert and Mary Errato came to Mayo Clinic in February 2009 when Mary was facing another major operation. After a series of infections and complications, Mary's foot had been amputated in 2007 at an orthopedic hospital in New York City. She was scheduled for another operation, this time to possibly extend the amputation from mid-calf, below the knee to above the knee, when they decided to come to Mayo Clinic.

According to Al, from the day they arrived, they knew things were different here. "All the doctors talked to each other, and more importantly to the patient!  They worked together to come up with a treatment plan for Mary. We started calling this Planet Mayo, because it feels like we're on a different planet here."

In the video below Mary talks about her treatment at Mayo Clinic. For the first time in six years she is off antibiotics, her wound has closed, she is ready to be fitted for a prosthesis - and she was able to keep her knee and lower leg.

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Tags: amputation, amputee, Charter House, Errato, Matthew Clark PhD, Orthopedics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitiation, physical therapy, Planet Mayo, PM&R, rehab, rehabilitation, teamwork, Wound care


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