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Neurology & Neurosurgery

September 13, 2019

Surgery to Remove a Nerve Tumor Restores Rose’s Joy

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Eleven years of constant pain had left Rose Boehmer worn down and discouraged. Then she met Robert Spinner, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic, who not only identified the long-hidden source of her pain, he and his surgical team eliminated it — returning Rose to a full and happy life.

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Tags: Dr. Robert Spinner, Neurofibromatosis


September 9, 2019

Walking Tall After Spine Surgery

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Gyles Randall lived for years with pervasive pain that radiated down his legs. When he no longer could tolerate the discomfort, he sought medical help and was surprised to be referred to a neurosurgeon. But that referral made a world of difference.

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Tags: Dr. Anthony Burrows, Dr. Meghan Murphy, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca, Spinal fusion surgery, Spine and Neurological Surgery


September 4, 2019

Cancer and Brain Tumors Call for Coordinated, Multidisciplinary Care

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As a sled dog trainer, Rick Minard has faced blizzards and subzero temperatures. But those challenges paled in comparison to facing a complicated medical situation that involved brain tumors and two cancer diagnoses. He’s been able to weather it all, though, thanks to the trust he’s placed in his team at Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: Dr. Dan Price, Dr. Diana Dean, Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog, Dr. Michael Link, Dr. W. Richard Marsh, Head and Neck Cancer Center, Head and neck surgery, Meningioma, Salivary gland tumor


August 26, 2019

Advanced Surgery Corrects Rare Birth Defect for Two Brothers

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When a rare disorder was identified in the Doyles’ eldest son, they chose the experts at Mayo Clinic to treat and manage his condition. Two years later, when the same disorder appeared in their second child, they didn’t think twice about where to take him for care.

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Tags: craniosynostosis, Dr. Edward Ahn, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Neurosurgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


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


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