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George A. Ceremuga, MD – A Rising Star

Dr. George A. Ceremuga, Resident Physician at Mayo Clinic (June, 2017 – Present) Rochester, Minnesota. He attended USD Sanford School of Medicine, where he was a Medical Student from (July 2012 – June 2016)- 4 years in Vermillion, South Dakota and received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). He was a Resident Physician from (June 2016 – June 2017) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has offices in Rochester, Minnesota and Sioux Falls South Dakota. His specialties and expertise are in EMG/Nerve Conduction Studies, Prosthetics, Chronic Pain, Sports Medicine, Nerve Damage, Rehabilitation, and Injury.

I had spinal surgery in late January 2018 at Mayo Clinic.

I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Ceremuga’s group for my post operative therapies. All of his people were good and I got to know some of them as being outstanding.

Several times Dr. Ceremuga had a group meeting with his staff and me to see how I was coming along, I was included in the group discussions , which was very helpful, and I do believe that help to accelerate my healing process. It was also good to know that his staff was talking with each other and could understand the various strategies each was using.

A few days into my therapy, my right knee became very painful. After some discussion with him. Dr. Ceremuga had a blood draw done by the nurses. The conclusion was I had pseudogout. I found out later that gout or pseudogout is not uncommon after surgery. He had a visiting physician who assisted him in performing surgery on my knee. After removing the crud from my knee he gave me a cortisone shot and I was good to go. Where else but Mayo Clinic can you get instant surgery and from your attending physician?

You can tell that Dr. Ceremuga genuinely enjoys his job. During the last group meeting I had with the group, I thanked them and told them how great they had been. (Most of my career has been high dollar high-value and C-level Advanced Technology sales and understanding verbal and physical feedback from my customers.) I can tell you that Dr. Ceremuga was truly happy when I told them that. I was being genuine when I was telling them how great they had been.

 

 

Elizabeth Jones – MS, Occupational Therapist, Registered/Licensed, Patients’ Champion

After Spinal  Neck Surgery and recovery Why I Admire the Mayo Clinic, I was moved to Occupational and Physical Therapy. I knew what Physical Therapy is, but I had no idea what kind therapy could be provided for my occupation of Internet Consulting, Artificial Intelligence, and Writing. I soon found out that had to do with using my hands and personal hygiene.

I met my young therapist, Elizabeth Jones. She is from Apple Valley, MN (where my family and I lived for one year) and resides in Austin,  MN. She received her degree and Masters of Science at The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (where I grew up and received my Bachelor of Science Degree) but we never met until she gave me therapy at Mayo.

Elizabeth struck me as shy and serious and seemed a bit nervous but that was probably because I was sliced up and frazzled looking. I think I was still coming out of anesthesia to some degree, or maybe even a large degree. Anyway, I had no idea what occupational therapy is or would be but Elizabeth eased me into what it is about.

One of the first things Elizabeth did was to take me to the gym on our floor and show me what some of the equipment was for such as the large touch display that could be used to follow sprites with my finger. She also introduced me to some of the colored putty that I would play with. My initial conclusion was “this is going to be child’s play!”

Really, I knew it wouldn’t be child’s play because the reason I had surgery was my nervous system was being pressured and I was losing physical capabilities. I really needed to take therapy for the abilities that I was losing. It is not easy to admit to yourself that your body is no longer functioning as it always had.

The next thing we did was to go back to my hospital room to the toilet and bathing area. Elizabeth told me I would need to buy a

picker like the one she showed me. I think I told her that it was a silly idea and I would probably never use it. What I didn’t take in consideration was, I wouldn’t be able to been down for quite a long time to pick things up off the floor. The neck surgery had hobbled me. Continue reading

Why I Admire the Mayo Clinic

Last September I had my annual physical with my personal physician of 30 years, Dr. Dean Kahoi, and he noted that I had an abnormal gait in my walk. He suggested that I make an appointment with a neurologist which I did. I met with Daniel J. Kuyper, MD and he did some basic tests and ordered up MRIs of my brain and neck. The outcome of the MRIs was my brain was happily all right but I did have spinal stenosis.

 

In November, I met with a neurosurgeon from Minneapolis-St. Paul. My wife, Corrine Foley, was in attendance with me. The doctor showed me where I was having some strength difficulties and some muscle loss and proceeded to show me from my MRIs where the stenosis was occurring. He recommended that I have a couple of discs removed and then a couple of weeks later have additional surgery to scrape bone away from my spine. The discs would be removed from the front by opening my throat and then the scraping would occur from the back of my neck by cutting through muscle. In other words it would be a two surgery procedure. Continue reading