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Orthopedics

October 24, 2018

Joyriding Once More

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When chronic hip pain drove Brenda Brault to seek medical care, the long-distance runner and triathlete assumed her high-level athletic pursuits were over. Rather than limiting her abilities, however, surgery allowed Brenda’s training to keep moving forward.

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Tags: Arthroscopy, Dr. Bruce Levy, Dr. Corey Kunzer, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


September 21, 2018

Expert Surgery Puts Hiker Back on Top

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When hip dysplasia triggered painful symptoms, Sandra Cook feared her hiking days were over. But an intricate orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic took away the pain, and now Sandra has happily returned to the trails.

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Tags: Dr. David Hartigan, Dr. Rafael Sierra, hip dysplasia, Orthopedic Surgery


September 12, 2018

Handily Moving Forward After Devastating Injury

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When Kennedy Folkedahl’s hand was cut off during a construction accident, the young man thought life as he knew it was over. But thanks to the support of his Mayo Clinic care team and years of physical therapy, Kennedy is embracing an alternate future with enthusiasm and appreciation.

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Tags: Dr. David Dennison, Hand surgery


August 20, 2018

3D Modeling Powers Innovation in Patient Care

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Thanks to a titanium implant constructed with 3D modeling technology, Isaac Garcia has moved past his diagnosis of bone cancer and is back to enjoying an active life with his family.

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Tags: 3D Anatomic Modeling Lab, 3d printing, Anatomical modeling, bone cancer, Dr Jane Matsumoto, Dr. Christopher Beauchamp, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


August 15, 2018

New Knee Works Like Magic

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After suffering with debilitating knee pain for years, knee replacement surgery turned back the clock for Linda Bure, who went from walking with a cane to dancing with preschoolers.

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Tags: Dr. Aparna Kaur, Dr. Michael Eckstrom, Knee Replacement, Mayo Clinic Health System, Orthopedic Surgery


June 6, 2018

Living in the Present, Grateful for Life

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Buoyed by her Mayo Clinic care team, Kellie Leasure, a 48-year-old mother of four living with metastatic breast cancer, embraces each day.

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Ian Parney, Dr. Michelle Clarke, Dr. Peter Rose, Dr. Timothy Hobday, HER2-positive breast cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Metastatic breast cancer


March 28, 2018

From Mysterious Broken Bones to Ballroom Dancing

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Don Varney’s bones were breaking, and no one could tell him why. But after being diagnosed with of a rare form of vitamin D deficiency triggered by a hard-to-detect tumor and then undergoing surgery to remove it, Don has returned to his active, athletic ways.

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Tags: clinical trials, Dr. Michael Rock, Dr. Peter Tebben, Osteomalacia


March 8, 2018

62-Year-Old Spinal Fusion Stands the Test of Time

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In 1956, spinal fusion surgery was in its infancy. But the pioneering medicine Joyce Gugler received for scoliosis from her Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeons at that time set her on the path to a pain-free future.

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Tags: Dr. A. Noelle Larson, Orthopedic Surgery, Scoliosis, Spinal Fusion


March 5, 2018

Right-Handed Once More, Thanks to Unique Orthopedic Surgery

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Craig Cretsinger had accepted the fact that he’d never be able to use his right hand — until he learned about a specialized hand surgery at Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: Dr. Mark Christopherson, Dr. Peter Rhee, Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal cord injury program, Upper extremity reconstruction


November 17, 2017

Former NATO Engineer Back in the Game After Shoulder Replacement

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When he began to have serious shoulder pain, James Biond feared his decades-long enjoyment of racquetball might come to an end. But his Mayo Clinic surgeon put those fears to rest. Now after shoulder replacement, James has returned to his favorite sport pain-free.

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Tags: Dr. Cedric Ortiguera, Orthopedic Surgery, Shoulder Replacement


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