Stories and Testimonials

Knee

I came to Mayo Clinic after having my 2nd ACL surgery in La Crosse, WI that left me with severe chronic pain and no physical progress. I met with Dr. Stuart and his team in December of 2019. Within minutes of his evaluation, Dr. Stuart was able to determine my ACL had failed for the third time and my meniscus was likely torn again. After confirming with tests and imaging - we determined the best plan of action was to do a Two Stage Repeat Revision ACL Reconstruction with a Complete Meniscus Allograft Transplant. I had the first stage surgery in January 2020 and the second stage surgery in September 2020. Throughout this entire process, Dr. Stuart (and his team) and Chad Cherny P.T., D.P.T., SCS (and his team) have been incredibly attentive to my recovery process and any concerns I have had. They have supported me in every aspect of my recovery and continue to do so. I am happy to report that I am recovering very well and my pain management has greatly improved. I cannot thank the staff at Mayo Clinic enough for the outstanding care they have provided me. My quality of life has significantly increased since becoming a patient at Mayo Clinic.

Alyssa Lamer

La Crosse, WI

Knee

On July 8, 2020 I met with Dr. Stuart to discuss the poor condition of my left knee. After the consultation he left the room for a few minutes. When he came back he explained to me that I need a knee replacement. He said you can wait ninety (90) days or you can get it done tomorrow, July 9th, as there was a cancellation. I said yes, my knee was so bad my left leg actually bowed out. The operation went well. When Dr. Stuart visited me the following day he said my leg is straight and your knee joint is tight. Now it's up to you with your rehab. Today I had a three (3) month follow up. I am pain free, walking straight and the good doctor said I will see you in two (2) years. I am very, very happy and appreciate all of the hard work and care that Dr. Stuart and his team provided me. After years of walking around in pain and discomfort, I can finally return to my loved sport of golf. Thank you Dr. Stuart, you're one heck of a good man.

Robert Ruby

Rochester, MN

Hip

My experience with the Mayo Clinic was through the Clinical Trials and Sports Medicine departments. Every person I worked with exemplified what medical care can and should be. Dr. Krych, Physician Assistant Bruce and Study Coordinator Jennifer provided the finest, most comprehensive care I've received for my hip in the 5 years I've been seeking interventions. They are thorough, skilled, highly knowledgeable, honest and compassionate. I highly recommend the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine and Clinical Trials departments.

Peter Ehlers

Boulder, CO

Knee

At 40 years old I was looking at a partial knee replacement, but I had a great surgical team with Dr. Camp and opted for extensive cartilage replacement instead. 2 years post op now and I cannot express my gratitude enough for what Dr. Camp and his team have done.

Amy Schommer

Winona, MN

Hip

Mayo Sports Medicine is 100% focused on returning patients to sports and not just back to life and work. I'm so grateful for that focus. Before hip issues, I was a triathlete, hockey player and backpacker. My Mayo team has been working to get me back to those activities. Dr. Krych and Dr. Sierra have been helping me in the OR for four years now on complex hip issues. Chris, my PT, has been with me every step of the way. I anxiously look forward to my first visits post-op! Chris always has some way for me to feel like I'm moving again even a week post op. He has guided me through recovery from three major surgeries getting me back on the ice and on my bike each time. Chris knows when to push me to do more and when to make me step back to let things continue to heal. I wouldn't be where I'm at today without my Mayo team, and especially Chris.

Monique Lindquist

Shoreview, MN

Stress fracture

I cried when I crossed the finish line because this is something that, for so much of my life, I would have never dreamed I could do. And a year ago, I didn't think there was any way I could complete a marathon…I could not have made a better choice in going to Mayo and been luckier to end up with Dr. Payne and Allison. They were so patient and understanding, and focused on how to help me get back to doing what I love.

Kaitlyn Johnson

Minnesota Read story

Performance

It’s probably the nicest facility I’ve ever had the chance to work out in. Being a hockey player, you don’t get the chance to use a skating treadmill that often. This is the place that you want to be at. You know you’re getting top quality service at a facility that’s high end. The EXOS program has been great. It’s very hands on, and you know when you’re doing exercises, you’re going to be doing them right because there’s always somebody there.

Mark Stuart

Minnesota

ACL

I mean, they were there for me every step, from three days post-op to now. I’m here five days a week. They’re kind of like my second home. I know everybody here, it’s awesome.

Meghan Brown

Minnesota Read story

Hip

I would not have been there without the people at Mayo, especially Dr. Levy. He listened to me, and he took me seriously. He is a world-renowned surgeon who sees professional athletes. But I felt like he truly cared about me and my goals.

Brooke Johnson

Minnesota Read story

Knee

It feels like I have a team at Mayo Clinic's Sports Medicine Clinic, starting with Dr. Maynard. Her relationship with the other doctors in the program and how they all communicate is wonderful. The doctors all have a sports mindset. It feels like they're on my side and want to keep me going. Dr. Maynard helped me get my diet right and develop an exercise regimen that would allow me to push my body to the higher limits that are necessary to complete the Appalachian Trail.

Ray Yeary

Florida Read story

Rotator cuff

Dr. Ortiguera changed my life. I saw him on a Friday, and he rearranged his schedule so I was in emergency surgery [for a severe rotator cuff tear] a few days later.

Stuart Baker

Florida Read story

Dislocated shoulder

I've always known Mayo Clinic is consistently one of the best hospitals in the country. Because of that, I had high expectations going into my surgery. I held my care team to those expectations, and they delivered on all fronts. I'm really happy with everything Dr. Ortiguera and everyone else did for me.

Delaney Willingham

Florida Read story

Ankle

Without Dr. Shi, [my daughter] could not have done this. He was very much thinking long-term. He had such a calming presence. You just trust him

Sara Dipaolo

Florida Read story

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