Sports culture fuels orthopedics boom

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 11, 2014 - 3:18 PM

An active and aging clientele makes orthopedics growing field, and provides an entry for Mayo downtown.

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gemie1Feb. 8, 1410:45 PM

Why is it that Mayo gets so much publicity over other places and subsidized in ways other places are not? Is its reputation based on 20 years ago or the actual working happening within the system? Where does most of the research for sports medicine and other orthopedic issues originate these days? What is Mayo offering that is different than the other orthopedic programs in the twin cities (besides keeping foreign competitors to Minnesota out)? I see this as being another extension of the Executive Program that Mayo Clinic offers for the more affluent, but what about the other populations that live around the area?

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leif123Feb. 9, 14 8:29 AM

i will likely get grief for this comment, as I too play(ed) handball. take time to smell the coffee, find a new hobby, play less of a pounding sport. if a hip has a 25 yr. shelf life, that shelf life has got to lessen if one continues to pound the body with the sport that gave the the artificial hip. the thougth of getting another hip 20 or 15 years from now, caused me to drastically change my path...

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dewarfFeb. 9, 14 8:30 AM

It's become a 'quality of life' issue with today's over 60 age group. And now that everyone is entitled to health insurance this elective surgery trend will probably accelerate. Lots of revenue to be generated and Mayo and others are simply providing the supply to that demand. But trust me, "If you like your hip (or knee), you can keep your hip. Guaranteed!"

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jackpinesavFeb. 9, 14 8:35 AM

Just ask patients, of all income levels, of the type of care they get at Mayo!!

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eljayeffFeb. 9, 14 8:36 AM

gemie1 - Exactly!

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honeybooFeb. 9, 14 8:38 AM

Try visiting Mayo. Half their patients are farmers within 500 miles. Mayo is a treasure accessible to a wide population. Don't make unsupportable comments. Get the facts.

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gemie1Feb. 9, 14 9:10 AM

honeyboo, get the facts from people living around Rochester and what their options are for healthcare and the reasons. I can support my facts, but can you support your comments? People who do not have the right insurance have been asked to put 5000 dollars up front before being seen. If tax dollars are directly or indirectly being given to Mayo, then everyone should have access.

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mnpls123Feb. 9, 14 9:20 AM

Mayo is rated number 2 overall in Orthopedics and is number one in many sub-categories, as voted on by other orthopedic Dr's. That is what they bring.

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mnpls123Feb. 9, 14 9:29 AM

gemie1 - I think you need to get your facts straight. I was born in SE MN and at Mayo (Well St. Mary's really). Everyone I know in the area goes to Mayo for their healthcare needs. Rich or poor. You can make up stories about you having a bad surgery there or someone having to put down a deposit all you want. Mayo is the one of the top hospitals in the world and I for one will visit this clinic over any of the other fast food style clinics in the Twin Cities that just want to keep their MRI machines full of paying patients.

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gemie1Feb. 9, 14 9:51 AM

Dear _______, Thank you for your recent request for an appointment at Mayo Clinic. We appreciate the confidence you have expressed in us. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer you an appointment at this time... . We are sorry, but your request did not meet our criteria at this time. This is the shorten version of the go away letter.

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