I'm traveling to Rochester, MN from Kansas City, MO

Posted by Victory @hlthyskr, Jun 26, 2015

I’m traveling to Rochester, MN from Kansas City, MO for the first time in July. My actual appointment date is July 28th. I’m looking to find out how to get the cheapest flight through Delta and the closest hotel to the Mayo Clinic and least expensive hotel for two people. Can anyone help me get this information? Thank you very much for your help!

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You may want to check flight options both to MSP and to RST. Sometimes it’s cheaper to fly all the way to RST (with a layover in MSP), or otherwise you can pick up a shuttle at the airport (gorochesterdirect.com) for your MSP to Rochester leg. The shuttle will drop you off at any of the hotels. As for hotels, I would suggest looking on Priceline or Hotels.com and look for proximity to Mayo Clinic. Otherwise, you should know that almost all of the hotels in Rochester have a shuttle to Mayo Clinic, even if they aren’t in easy walking distance. I hope this helps.

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@LeeAase

You may want to check flight options both to MSP and to RST. Sometimes it’s cheaper to fly all the way to RST (with a layover in MSP), or otherwise you can pick up a shuttle at the airport (gorochesterdirect.com) for your MSP to Rochester leg. The shuttle will drop you off at any of the hotels. As for hotels, I would suggest looking on Priceline or Hotels.com and look for proximity to Mayo Clinic. Otherwise, you should know that almost all of the hotels in Rochester have a shuttle to Mayo Clinic, even if they aren’t in easy walking distance. I hope this helps.

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Thanks for your help! I’ve booked my flight and reserved my hotel this week already with the Mayo Clinic Travel Agent. If there happens to be a next time I will probably make my flight reservation directly with Delta, because I’ve found that their prices are cheaper. After going through several websites I was having trouble deciding on a good hotel and I do believe that I got a good price quote for a good hotel with the travel agent. Thanks for your help and information!

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Good luck find help at the Mayo. I was there at the end of 2012 and had surgery 1/16/2013. They are the best. The nicest people around. Very helpful. I hope you have a great experience.

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windyhill I hae been diagnosed with COPD pus heart failure, I have dificulty breathing and am on oxygen 24 hrs a day, i TAKE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS AND ALSO MEDS FOR THE COPD MY PULMANARY DTR SAYS MY LUNGS ARE DOIN OK BUT HE IS CONCERNED ABOUTH THE HEART FAILURE THE HEART DTR JUST DOESN’T SO INTEREST HE TELLS ME NO SALT IN FACT NO CANED FOODS NO FAST FOODS NO PREPARED FOODS ALSO TAKE LASIC 20 MG EVERY DAY,i CAN’T DO THAT. WITH LASIC THAT OFTEN I DEHYDRATE SO HE SAYS 3 TIME A WEEK IT LEAVES ME SO WEAK MY LEGS HURT AND I AM DIZZY i DON’T FEEL HE CARES. iF i START A NEW DTR i HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL THE TESTS AGAIN AND I REALLY DON’T HAVE THE ENERGY, I AM 81 YEARS OLD.

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@karri

Good luck find help at the Mayo. I was there at the end of 2012 and had surgery 1/16/2013. They are the best. The nicest people around. Very helpful. I hope you have a great experience.

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can you tell me if they do any required testing such as CT, MRI, so on on the first visit. I cannot figure out how long to stay.

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Welcome to Connect, @elizabethcharis.
Sometimes testing is done on the first visit. May I ask what your visit is concerning? Then I can connect you with others who have been to Mayo Clinic for a similar condition and they will share their experiences with you.

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@colleenyoung

Welcome to Connect, @elizabethcharis.
Sometimes testing is done on the first visit. May I ask what your visit is concerning? Then I can connect you with others who have been to Mayo Clinic for a similar condition and they will share their experiences with you.

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Thank u so much for the reply. I just started freaking out today about the
traveling and wondering how much time I should be there, so I’m thrilled to
be “connected.” The panic is due to fear of having to make 2 trips for the
testing.

I’m driving and have a hotel as long as needed as i was told by the
registration dept that they do testing at the time of the appointment.

Driving will cause me such agony in my neck, jaw and head. But I just
discovered from a CT scan the extent of damage to my sinuses and shattered
septum from the first of 3 jaw surgeries. I sent in records and requested
to be seen by an ENT upon discovering that damage. I do not feel good about
the pain of flying with that intense pressure and dizziness in my head.

The jaw is what my Mayo appointment is for (oral maxillofacial dept). The
bones never healed after any of the surgeries and the hardwire broke down
each time (non union). It is held together with titanium plates which have
now broken.

Sorry long winded, I’m stressed today. Lol. Thank u again so very much.

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@colleenyoung

Welcome to Connect, @elizabethcharis.
Sometimes testing is done on the first visit. May I ask what your visit is concerning? Then I can connect you with others who have been to Mayo Clinic for a similar condition and they will share their experiences with you.

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Elizabeth, I can understand being stressed about your first visit to Mayo Clinic. Were you given a number to call from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department? They should be able to give you specific answers about the timing of tests on your first visit.

It helps to here from others who have been there. So, I’m tagging some of the members from the Visiting Mayo Clinic group who have been to Mayo Clinic for a variety of conditions, although not to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

@rosemarya, @cynaburst, @audrapopp, @allegro, @HeartPatches, Elizabeth specifically asks about getting tests done during the first visit to Mayo and you have all spoken before about the efficiency of testing. She would like to avoid having to make the long drive several times. Any insights?

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I can help answer about my first visit to Mayo in Jacksonville back last December I was told to spend about week. Now I was going there for a colonoscopy/EMR, plus a bunch of other testing. But I was told to expect to stay at least a week and be prepared to stay longer if need be.
I wish you the Best.. Mayo Clinic Hospitals are one the best Hospitals with Out of this World Doctors, TOP NOTCH. 🙂

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Mayo clinic is extremely efficient with their scheduling My results were already with my doctor when I had my appointment later in the day. Sometimes, when additional tests/procedures were necessary, my schedule was adjusted to accommodate those. I know that it is stressful to be facing uncertainty, but I think I can honestly say that you will not wait very long to receive the information about your diagnosis and treatment possibilities. Take a list of your questions with you. Hope this helps.
Try to smile. Think positive. Have a safe trip. Rosemary

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I had open heart surgery at Mayo several years ago. I was travelling from California and had a small child, so I also did not want to travel there twice. I was able to communicate with the doctors and schedulers in advance of my visit so that I was able to schedule both testing and surgery in one visit.

I first sent the cardiologist my testing reports from my home so we knew what my tentative plans were as long as Mayo’s testing corroborated those findings. Then, I scheduled the testing for the first two days of my visit and the surgery for the third day. It worked out perfectly and in total, I was in Rochester for just about 2 weeks. If they had decided that surgery was not indicated, they would have just cancelled my surgery appointment. The schedulers are quite used to this kind of thing and will accomodate if they are able. Sometimes you may have to wait for scheduling (I waited for a few months in order to assure that both my cardiologist and surgeon would be there and available) but it worked out great. Wishing you the best.

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@travelgirl

I can help answer about my first visit to Mayo in Jacksonville back last December I was told to spend about week. Now I was going there for a colonoscopy/EMR, plus a bunch of other testing. But I was told to expect to stay at least a week and be prepared to stay longer if need be.
I wish you the Best.. Mayo Clinic Hospitals are one the best Hospitals with Out of this World Doctors, TOP NOTCH. 🙂

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Wow, thanks, that IS EXACTLY my plan. Just so unsure about it. But I’m
finding the same idea on most of the comments. Thanks again

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