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Blood platelet therapy relieves Lynda Bird's hip pain

Activity was limited by chronic hip pain until Lynda received a regenerative medicine treatment called platelet rich plasma therapy. Now she's setting goals for spring.

February 18, 2021

COVID-19 patient recovering after hospitalization, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support

A busy, otherwise healthy young man, J.P. Nunez also happens to be the youngest patient requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support for COVID-19 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Here's his journey.

February 18, 2021

Joint effort makes Laurie Bakkum's knee surgery possible

Waiting for surgery rarely is fun. That's why the Orthopedics team across two cities came together to speed up Laurie Bakkum's knee surgery during the pandemic and get her moving pain free again quickly.

February 16, 2021

Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

Bob and Joyce Wachsmuth were able to kick-start their immune systems and recover quickly at home thanks to this new treatment option for people at a higher risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19.

February 8, 2021

Spinal fusion surgery relieves debilitating neck pain

Ruth Spacek's life was at a standstill because of intense pain on the left side of her neck. She found answers and relief for her uncommon diagnosis from her "ray of sunshine" — the local Spine & Neurological Surgery team.

February 5, 2021

Orthopedic surgery for hip dysplasia

Hip pain became so unbearable for Laura Williams that she had to quit her job. Find out how a hip replacement got her moving like she hadn't been able to for years.

February 1, 2021

Quick action saves women after accidental shooting

Rachel Hershman was only four blocks from the hospital when she was hit by a stray bullet. Months later, she is thankful for the quick, expert emergency care she received.

January 13, 2021

Breast reduction surgery leads to pain relief, new outlook

Karlie Schmidt's back, neck and shoulder pain is gone after breast reduction surgery. Read about her journey and the three pieces of advice she has for other women considering this procedure.

January 12, 2021

Connected care: Sometimes a person just needs a little help

You don't need to be tech savvy to be connected online to valuable care services, especially important during the pandemic. Learn how Kelly Timm got signed up for Patient Online Services with the help of a friend.

December 29, 2020

Embarrassed no more: Nerve stimulation helps overcome fecal incontinence

Fecal incontinence rarely is discussed among friends and family, but about 14% of adults experience symptoms. Patti Guerton shares her treatment story to encourage others to get help.

December 28, 2020

Monitoring COVID-19 using virtual technology

After being diagnosed with COVID-19, Carla Fast used an at-home monitoring program to send vital signs to providers, which alerted the team to send her to the hospital. Read about her journey and follow-up with video appointments after returning home.

December 22, 2020

Kidney stone derails Carollyn Gehrke's holiday break

Carollyn Gehrke got more than relief from kidney stone pain after driving hours to Mayo Clinic Health System for treatment. Find out what she left with.

December 17, 2020