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Jul 29, 2014 · A New Approach to a Difficult Cancer Diagnosis

I am surprised that Dr. Lewallen pioneered a hip replacement made from tantalum. Did he work on the material or did he already use an existing product and found a new use for it? I will say that my experience with Dr. Lewallen was very negative. My case was complex and my care was not adequate. Without going into the details, I had to go and see an Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital For Special Surgeries to get the care that Mayo Clinic and Dr. Lewallen lacked in my case. I am pleased that they cared that this patient had even legs. My uneven legs were causing a lot of my pain. I did not find out that my legs were uneven until I starting receiving care somewhere else. What I learned from Dr.Lewallen, the Office of Patient Affairs and the Chair of the Orthopedic Surgery Department, is that the patient is not first and the Mayo motto is only a marketing tool.

Mar 7, 2014 · Game On! … in Ruth's battle with depression

What a powerful experience to share with others! There is not much I can say about your form of treatment, since I know very little about strokes, where it affected your brain or how much it contributed to your depression. What I can say is that you have a lot of inner strength and a will to survive and many times, life does feel like a game where we want to go across the finish line or make that goal. My hope for you and others experiencing mental illness, is that you live your life authentically and not to please others all the time. We have a wonderful world with many places to visit, new experiences to cherish and just the simple things that we take for granted, like being with our loved ones or seeing a new show. My hope for you and others that have gone through this difficulty journey is that you never limit yourself and never give up on all the possibilities. Thank you for sharing your experience, strength and hope.

Oct 30, 2013 · Revisiting The Hippy Sisters: A Story of Hope, Healing and Having Fun

Hello Lois, I am very happy to hear that you found the right doctor and facility and Savannah is such a beautiful place. The anterior approach has a much shorter recovery time and lower incidence of dislocation. I was recently at a family wedding in New York City and my cousin three weeks earlier had a hip replacement using the anterior approach and he was dancing. I live in the twin cities and had my knee and hip replacements done at Mayo Clinic. At three weeks with the lateral surgery, I could not even lift up my leg. It was a long recovery process that took over two years. When you have time, please let me know how you are doing and your experience with the surgery and the recovery phase. I should also note that my cousin had physical therapy and he said it made the world of difference in his case. Enjoy all the beautiful Savannah parks and southern hospitality.

Sep 27, 2013 · Revisiting The Hippy Sisters: A Story of Hope, Healing and Having Fun

I believe Mayo Clinic has one surgeon that does the anterior approach. I would agree that the lateral approach has a higher incidence of dislocation and a post-operative limp. When I need to do this surgery again, it will be the anterior approach. Since you live on the east coast, the Hospital For Special Surgery (#1 in the country for orthopedics) has a lot more information on the anterior method of hip replacement. For some of the orthopedic surgeons at Mayo, they prefer the patient do their own exercises at home than physical therapy (even for complex cases).

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