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August 12, 2019

Spinal Fusion Surgery Revives an Active Lifestyle

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After a sudden injury left her with multiple ruptured disks in her lower back, Pat Henneberry knew Mayo Clinic was the place she wanted to go to help her get back on her feet.

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Tags: Dr. Paul Huddleston, Spinal Fusion


July 10, 2019

Scoliosis Surgery Preserves Teen’s Mobility, Boosts Self-Esteem

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As an active teenager, Mason Orth struggled with the back brace she had to wear to correct her scoliosis. And she was hesitant to move forward with the other treatment option presented to her, spinal fusion. But a consult at Mayo Clinic revealed another option — one that has yielded dramatic results.

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Tags: Dr. A. Noelle Larson, Dr. Dean Potter Jr., Dr. Todd Milbrandt, Scoliosis


June 19, 2019

Shoulder Surgery Helps Weightlifter Keep Pulling Toward Her Dreams

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When Delaney Willingham damaged her right shoulder during a high school meet, she feared her competitive weightlifting days were over. But now, after arthroscopic shoulder surgery at Mayo Clinic, Delaney’s fully recovered from her injury, and she’s back to high-level competition.

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Tags: Dr. Cedric Ortiguera, Shoulder dislocation


March 25, 2019

Goodbye to Pain After Long-Delayed Hip Surgery

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The thought of hip replacement surgery made Blake Robinson extremely anxious, and for years, he put off the procedure. But when the pain became too much to bear, his medical team helped Blake overcome his fear. Now with the surgery behind him, and his hip pain gone, he’s grateful for the high-quality care he received.

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Tags: Dr. Edgar Hicks, Dr. Rusty Brand, Hip replacement, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


February 1, 2019

Sports Medicine Propels Ray Yeary to New Heights

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When it comes to outdoor pursuits, Ray Yeary is more than a weekend warrior. A lifelong backpacker and adventure sports enthusiast, Ray has been able to take on increasingly more strenuous activities thanks to the comprehensive care he’s received at Mayo’s Sports Medicine Clinic.

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Tags: Dr. James Presley, Dr. Jennifer Maynard, Dr. Matthew Crowe, Platelet-rich plasma treatment


January 2, 2019

Shoulder Injury Can’t Sideline Young Coach

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When Nicholas Oeltjen, a physical education teacher and coach, suffered a complex shoulder injury, his Mayo care team crafted a treatment plan that got him back on the field.

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Erickson, Dr. Michael Johnson, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Orthopedic Surgery, Shoulder pain, Sports Medicine


December 26, 2018

Weight Loss Sets the Stage for Successful Surgery

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With hard work and determination, Ann Statz lost more than 100 pound in preparation for knee surgery. Now she’s feeling much better and reaping the rewards of renewed health.

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Tags: Ann Hoepner, Dr. Jonathan Webb, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Weight management program


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


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