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Neurology & Neurosurgery

August 21, 2019

Racing Toward a Brighter Future After Nerve Transfer Surgery

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For six months after surgery to repair an injured radial nerve, Patrick Metzger couldn’t lift his wrist or extend the fingers in his right hand. Seeking help, he made an appointment with the Peripheral Nerve Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. There his care team gave him new hope that he could regain his hand […]

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Tags: Cece Skotak, Dr. Pelagia Kouloumberis, Dr. Shelley Noland, Nerve transfer, Peripheral Nerve Clinic


August 14, 2019

From Tumor to Toddler: A Montana Man’s Path to Fatherhood

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As a newlywed couple trying to have a baby, Derin and Sandra Gebhardt were anxious and worried when they failed to conceive. But Mayo Clinic surgeons provided new hope after successfully removing a tumor near Derin’s brain that was the cause of their infertility and the root of his other health problems.

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Tags: Dr. Bernard Bendok, Dr. Devyani Lal, pituitary tumor


August 9, 2019

After Setback, Kaidra’s Cancer Journey Continues With Family, Friends and Mayo Clinic by Her Side

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Kaidra Froelich was terrified by the brain cancer diagnosis that brought her to Mayo Clinic. But her expert surgical team got rid of the tumor. Then the disease came back. Now Kaidra and her Mayo team are determined to beat the cancer a second time as her family and friends rally around her.

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Tags: brain tumor, Dr. Giuseppe Lanzino, Dr. Megan Kaszuba, Dr. Michael Ruff, Neuro-oncology, Proton Beam Therapy


August 7, 2019

Despite a Rare Blood Vessel Abnormality, Allison Dances On

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When a cavernous malformation was discovered in her brain, Allison Nilsen turned to Mayo Clinic for answers. The care and treatment she’s received at Mayo has allowed her to complete her college degree and continue doing what she loves.

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Tags: Awake craniotomy, Cavernous malformations, Dr. James Meschia, Dr. Rabih Tawk


July 31, 2019

After Back Surgery, Jamie Ruden’s on the Court Again and Looking to Help Others

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When Division 1 women’s college basketball player Jamie Ruden could no longer play through, or live with, the chronic back pain that was keeping her from playing her usual style of basketball, she came to Mayo Clinic for the surgical fix she knew she needed.

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Tags: Department of Surgical Services, Dr. Jeffrey Pasternak, Dr. Karen Newcomer-Aney, Dr. Meghan Murphy, herniated disk, Mayo Clinic Hospital, MRI, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Saint Marys Campus


July 26, 2019

Spine Surgery Tames Pain, Puts School Bus Driver Back Behind the Wheel

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For more than a decade, Mike Ramsey suffered from debilitating pain due to a severe spinal deformity. He thought disability and pain would always dominate his life. Then he met a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic who offered him a path to relief. Today, Mike is pain-free.

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Tags: Dr. Benjamin Elder, Scoliosis, Spinal Fusion


July 12, 2019

Careful Evaluation, Teamwork Lead to Successful Epilepsy Surgery

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There was a time when Gavin Vreeland was afraid he might hurt his daughter should he have a seizure while caring for her. Despite taking medication, his epileptic episodes happened frequently and without warning. But after specialized imaging and targeted brain surgery at Mayo Clinic, Gavin is now happily embracing his little one seizure-free.

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Tags: Dr. Carrie Carr, Dr. Greta Liebo, Dr. Jamie Van Gompel, Dr. Jeffrey Britton, Dr. Robert Watson Jr., Epilepsy, Epilepsy surgery, Radiology


June 26, 2019

Moving Well and Feeling Good With Holistic Care

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For years, Linda Feges has relied on a multidisciplinary care team at Mayo Clinic to help her address symptoms related to movement disorders. Recently, that team also opened the door for Linda to receive treatment for an odd lump on her face. Now, the lump is gone, and Linda is grateful for the comprehensive, compassionate […]

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Tags: Dr. Garret Choby, Dr. Grant Hamilton III, Dr. James Bower, Dr. Jamie Van Gompel, Dr. Margaret Moutvic, Facial Plastic Surgery, Hemangiomas, Movement Disorders, Sinus Surgery


June 17, 2019

Beating Back a Brain Tumor Amid Loss

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When Katie Garrison embarked on treatment for a brain tumor, she did so supported by her husband, Joe. Midway through her journey, however, Joe died from complications due to his own cancer, and Katie leaned on her Mayo Clinic care team. Now, with their compassionate care and customized therapies, Katie continues to make encouraging progress.

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Tags: Brain Tumor Program, Dr. Joon Uhm, Dr. Sani Kizilbash, Dr. Terence Burns, Proton Beam Therapy Program


May 31, 2019

Working His Way Back After a Stroke

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On a summer evening in July 2018, Dan Boswell was hit by a stroke. His wife’s quick action to summon emergency help likely saved his life. Today, with the help of his Mayo Clinic team, Dan is doing all he can to recover from the stroke and meet his goal of returning to work.

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Tags: Elisabeth Wech, Elizabeth Wargelin, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Sarah Krenik-Hoffmann, Stroke care


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