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March 15, 2019

Less Is More: Losing Weight, Gaining Perspective

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A lifetime of food addiction resulted in Jessica Erickson’s weight becoming unmanageable. When she looked for medical help, she found a Mayo Clinic team that offered her the care and support she needed to become a smaller, healthier version of herself.

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. Basel Sharaf, Dr. Jennifer Radtke, Dr. Kurt Kennel, Dr. Michael Kendrick, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Sleeve gastrectomy


July 24, 2018

Healthier and Happier After Bariatric Surgery

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For Candace Clark, bariatric surgery meant the difference between struggling with weight issues, including medical problems triggered by obesity, and enjoying renewed health and energy.

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. Chris Hower, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


August 29, 2017

Minor Scrape Leads to Major Health Crisis

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A seemingly innocent scrape on the hand landed Chris Gordon in a fight for his life after it morphed into a serious infection of a flesh-eating bacterium known as necrotizing fasciitis.

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Tags: Dr. Dave Dennison, Dr. Karim Bakri, Dr. Mark Morrey, Dr. Michael Bannon, General Surgery, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Necrotizing fasciitis, Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


August 23, 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 4, 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 13, 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 9, 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 4, 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 28, 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 13, 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


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