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Neurology & Neurosurgery

September 14, 2018

Released to Reengage With Life

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Weighed down by pain and weakness, Valieda Burns became confined and isolated. But neurosurgery to decompress her spine freed her to once again be active, engaged and connected with others.

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Tags: Dr. Benjamin Elder, Spinal cord compression


August 27, 2018

Getting Bob Back on His Feet

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Diagnosis and treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus for Robert Richter meant the difference between being confined to a wheelchair and being able to actively enjoy his life.

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Tags: Dr. Benjamin Elder, Dr. Christopher Boes, Dr. David Jones, Dr. Jeremy Cutsforth-Gregory, Dr. Jonathan Graff-Radford, Dr. Shannon Chiu, Hydrocephalus, Neurosurgery, Normal pressure hydrocephalus


August 13, 2018

Finding New Purpose After Career-Ending Concussions

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After multiple concussions and memory loss, professional football player Ben Utecht went to Mayo Clinic for help. Since then, Ben’s gained insight into the importance of promptly recognizing and treating concussions. Now he’s dedicated to sharing that knowledge with others.

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Tags: Brain injury, concussion, Dr. Bradley Boeve


August 10, 2018

Early Detection Sparks Swift Treatment for Brain Aneurysm

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Keith Bruno’s family history of aneurysms prompted his primary care physician to order a CT scan during a routine physical. That test and the surgery that followed it saved Keith’s life.

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Tags: Brain Aneurysm, Dr. Bernard Bendok, Dr. Pelagia Kouloumberis, Dr. Richard Engle, Neurosurgery


August 9, 2018

Minimally Invasive Back Surgery Puts Fear and Pain in the Past

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Michele Krause’s fear of surgery prevented her from seeking a surgical remedy for her back pain for years. All of that began to change when she heard a Mayo Clinic surgeon explain a less-invasive procedure.

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Tags: Dr. Mohamad Bydon, Minimally invasive spine surgery, Neurosurgery, Spinal Fusion


July 20, 2018

Epilepsy Surgery Frees Kelly Daniels to Enjoy Her Independence

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Kelly Daniels tried to control her seizures with medications. But the drugs were ineffective, and they left her feeling disoriented. Then she turned to Mayo Clinic, where she had brain surgery that stopped the seizures and put her life back on track.

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Cascino, Dr. W. Richard Marsh, Epilepsy, Epilepsy surgery


July 16, 2018

Running Down a Mysterious Disorder

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Determined to understand the reason for the strange hitch in his stride, marathon runner Pat Foley pushed forward for years until he reached the office of a Mayo Clinic movement neurologist.

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Tags: Dr. Allen Aksamit, Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog, Dystonia


June 25, 2018

Exceeding Expectations With Early Diagnosis, Expert Care

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Affected by a rare genetic condition that can cause developmental delays, Vera Johnson is happy and thriving in the world her parents have built for her with support from her Mayo Clinic team.

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Tags: Dr. Deborah Renaud, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo One, Mitochondrial Disease


June 11, 2018

Overcoming an Aneurysm With a Valuable New Tool

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Told that no treatment was available for her brain aneurysm, Judy Henderson sought a second opinion at Mayo Clinic. Her care team deployed an innovative device that effectively treated the aneurysm, giving Judy a fresh opportunity to live life to the fullest.

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Tags: Brain Aneurysm, Dr. David Piepgras, Dr. Giuseppe Lanzino, Dr. Leonardo Rangel Castilla, Neurosugery


June 9, 2018

Looking Toward the Future After a Long Road to Epilepsy Diagnosis

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Undiagnosed epilepsy disrupted Jake Weiss’ life for years. But a comprehensive evaluation finally revealed the true nature of his medical condition and gave him a new way forward.

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Tags: Dr. Scott Spritzer, Eau Claire, Epilepsy, Mayo Clinic Health System, Seizure


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