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July 26, 2019

Spine Surgery Tames Pain, Puts School Bus Driver Back Behind the Wheel

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For more than a decade, Mike Ramsey suffered from debilitating pain due to a severe spinal deformity. He thought disability and pain would always dominate his life. Then he met a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic who offered him a path to relief. Today, Mike is pain-free.

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Tags: Dr. Benjamin Elder, Scoliosis, 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


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


July 29, 2016

Seamstress Moving and Sewing Again After Complex Spine Surgery for Scoliosis

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Growing up in Central Florida, Kimberly Kimmons was an active child. She loved swimming, biking and martial arts. But at age 12, Kim was diagnosed with scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine that most often occurs during a growth spurt before puberty. Unfortunately, Kim’s family didn’t have the resources to fully address her spinal […]

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Tags: Dr. Gordon Deen, Dr. Mark Pichelmann, Mayo Clinic Florida, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Scoliosis, Spinal Fusion


April 13, 2016

New Surgery for Scoliosis Keeps Teen Agile and Active

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Camden Christopherson is an athlete: volleyball, basketball, softball, cross-country. She does them all. So when doctors told her, at age 13, that she had to wear a brace for 22 hours a day to combat scoliosis, and surgery to fuse her spine was likely in her future, Camden was devastated. These treatments could help correct […]

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Tags: Dr. Noelle Larson, Dr. Stephen Cassivi, Dr. Todd Milbrandt, Orthopedic Surgery, Scoliosis


October 5, 2015

Lifetime of Seeking an Answer Finally Rewarded With a Diagnosis

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Stacy Carlson was born with congenital myasthenic syndrome, and although she received a number of opinions throughout her life, it wasn’t until age 44 that she received a definitive diagnosis. It was after her local physician referred her to Andrew Engel, M.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, that DNA testing confirmed a particular gene fault responsible […]

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Tags: Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome, Dr. Andrew Engel, Scoliosis


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