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Neurology & Neurosurgery

March 6, 2019

Heading Forward With Gratitude and Grace

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For Marisa Bella, living with a rare neurological condition meant managing sustained pain and an unnatural head position, as well as dealing with unwanted reactions from strangers. For years Marisa navigated life while suffering the physical, mental and emotional effects of her illness. That all changed in 2018 when a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon helped her […]

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Tags: Cervical dystonia, Dr. Anhar Hassan, Dr. Jorys Martinez-Jorge, Dr. Majken Wingo, Dr. Oscar Manrique, Dr. Robert Spinner, Dystonia, Mayo Clinic's Transgender and Intersex Specialty Care Clinic


March 1, 2019

Robotic Spine Surgery Renews Scott Walling’s Independence

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Last summer, Scott Walling was in excruciating pain, and he could barely walk. Today he’s pain-free and enjoying his favorite hobbies again, thanks to a new procedure offered by Mayo Clinic’s Department of Neurosurgery.

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Tags: Dr. Karen Newcomer, Dr. Mohamad Bydon, Robotic spine surgery, Spinal stenosis


February 15, 2019

Puzzling Symptoms Explained by Hydrocephalus Diagnosis

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It took some time to discover the source of the troubling symptoms that plagued Dorothy Sorlie. But once she was diagnosed with normal pressure hydrocephalus, neurosurgery fixed the problem and allowed Dorothy to return to the activities she loves.

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Tags: Dr. Catherine Schmidt, Dr. Jonathan Bledsoe, Dr. Kevin Wergeland, Hydrocephalus, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


February 7, 2019

What A Doctor Learned When He Became A Patient

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As a cardiologist, Andrew Calvin, M.D., is very familiar with the world of health care. But when he found out he needed surgery, he was a little unnerved. Support from his spouse and care team got him through it, though, and taught him some important lessons along the way.

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Tags: Dr. Andrew Calvin, Dr. Jonathan Bledsoe, Dr. Scott Spritzer, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


January 27, 2019

Neurosurgery Inspires Athlete’s Career Path

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More than a decade after nerve transfer surgery restored mobility to his right shoulder, Peter Rechenberg is not only able to do Olympic lifts, he’s using his experience at Mayo Clinic to bring healing to others.

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Tags: Dr. Alexander Shin, Dr. Allen Bishop, Dr. Robert Spinner, Peripheral Nerve Injury


January 21, 2019

Looking to Crack the Code on Cavernous Malformations

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Kandie Nelson didn’t know she had a medical problem until the moment she wasn’t able to speak clearly. Now Kandie and her family are helping researchers learn more about the abnormally formed blood vessels that triggered her symptoms.

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Tags: cavernous malformation, Dr. Kelly Flemming


January 9, 2019

Using the Art of Medicine to Overcome Fear of Surgery

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For years, artist Jennifer Hunter harbored an intense fear of surgery and lived with chronic pain. When the pain became debilitating, she decided to find a way to use her art to manage her anxiety.

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Tags: disckectomy, Dr. Jeremy Fogelson, Neurosurgery, Spinal Fusion


January 8, 2019

Prevailing Over Severe Form of Malaria

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After a trip overseas, Hugo de Jager was gripped by fatigue, abdominal pain and severe headaches. The culprit was cerebral malaria. Although the diagnosis is uncommon, and the condition life-threatening, experts at Mayo Clinic worked together to help Hugo achieve a remarkable recovery.

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Tags: Dr. Eelco Wijdicks, Dr. John Park, Malaria, Neurocritical Care


December 5, 2018

Headaches Gone, Independence Restored

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Michelle Griffis battled debilitating headaches for more than a year. But after several neurosurgeries and care from a multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic, she’s made a full recovery. Now Michelle and her son are back to exploring their world together. 

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Tags: Dr. Cody Nesvick, Dr. W. Richard Marsh, Laminectomy, Neurosurgery


November 28, 2018

Facial Pain Is More Than Meets the Eye

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Nancy Hannafin suffered from terrible pain on one side of her face for several years. Finally, a visit to her optometrist led to a breakthrough. Nerve pain was causing the problem, and brain surgery at Mayo Clinic fixed it.

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Tags: Dr. David Nye, Dr. Fredric Meyer, Dr. Jaclyn Morin, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Trigeminal Neuralgia


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