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March 17, 2022

‘I have to run:’ Teenage cross-country star back on course after brain surgery

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

When Nolan Hemmen laces-up his running shoes these days, he can’t help but think how far he’s come since having brain surgery. It was November 2019, just a few weeks after Nolan turned 16 and got his driver’s licence, he noticed his arms going numb. “I would scratch my arm and not feel anything,” says […]

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Tags: Brain surgery, Chiari Malformation, Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Jacksonville, MayoClinicFL, Neurosurgery, Nolan Hemmens


December 12, 2021

Living life to the fullest, pain-free

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

“I’m Maria Coffaro, I’m 28, live in Colorado, and spend my time traveling, trying new restaurants, and doing anything and everything outdoors. At 27, I was diagnosed with #TrigeminalNeuralgia — a disease that primarily affects women over 50. In July 2019 I experienced a shocking pain in the right side of my face that continued off and […]

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Tags: Dr. Richard Zimmerman, Maria Coffaro, Neurosurgery, sharing mayo clinic, Trigeminal Neuralgia


October 7, 2021

Surgery to correct scoliosis helps Pat Druckenmiller move again

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Pat Druckenmiller is a person who likes to keep moving, whether that means playing clarinet in a community band, teaching students at a tribal college, relocating her family to the other side of the world or simply taking a walk each day. She and her husband, Doug, have lived a life full of adventure, including […]

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Tags: Dr. Anthony Burrows, Dr. Jason Dauffenbach, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Neurosurgery, Pain Medicine, Pat Druckenmiller, Scoliosis


July 29, 2021

Complex brain surgery gives woman more time with family

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Julie Berg’s life revolves around three things: family, friends and faith. The 79-year-old has a large extended family that enjoys celebrating large and small milestones together, and she has a wide network of close-knit friends across two states. Through it all, her strong Catholic faith has been the foundation of her life. When Julie’s health […]

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Tags: brain tumor, COVID-19, Dr. Alla Byakova, Dr. Eric Gomez-Urena, Dr. Manish Sharma, Glioblastoma multiforme, Gwen Krogwold, Julie Berg, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health system in New Prague, Neurosurgery


August 26, 2019

Advanced Surgery Corrects Rare Birth Defect for Two Brothers

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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


January 9, 2019

Using the Art of Medicine to Overcome Fear of Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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


December 5, 2018

Headaches Gone, Independence Restored

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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 19, 2018

Making Music Again After Bidding a Tumor Goodbye

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

After months of living with sharp, shooting pain in her arm, Corrine Craig sought help at Mayo Clinic. Her care and treatment by a multidisciplinary team took away the pain and allowed the piano player to return to the pastime she loves.

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Tags: Dr. Pelagia Kouloumberis, Dr. Shelley Noland, Neurosurgery, Schwannoma


August 27, 2018

Getting Bob Back on His Feet

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Diagnosis and treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus for Robert Richter meant the difference between being confined to a wheelchair and being able to actively enjoy his life.

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Tags: Dr. Benjamin Elder, Dr. Christopher Boes, Dr. David Jones, Dr. Jeremy Cutsforth-Gregory, Dr. Jonathan Graff-Radford, Dr. Shannon Chiu, Hydrocephalus, Neurosurgery, Normal pressure hydrocephalus


August 10, 2018

Early Detection Sparks Swift Treatment for Brain Aneurysm

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Keith Bruno’s family history of aneurysms prompted his primary care physician to order a CT scan during a routine physical. That test and the surgery that followed it saved Keith’s life.

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Tags: Brain Aneurysm, Dr. Bernard Bendok, Dr. Pelagia Kouloumberis, Dr. Richard Engle, Neurosurgery


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