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Complex Brain Surgery Hits All the Right Notes

By |2024-05-24T09:41:09-04:00April 12th, 2024|Categories: Neuroscience, Patient Stories|Tags: , , |

Gary Triolo’s workday started like any other – going through paperwork, checking email and answering calls – until his world suddenly started spinning out of control. “I looked up and the room started to spin to the left in slow motion,” explains Gary, who serves as the director of [...]

Wrestling Coach Overcomes Paralysis in the Match of a Lifetime

By |2024-05-10T08:42:14-04:00November 1st, 2023|Categories: Neuroscience, Patient Stories|Tags: , |

Rutgers University wrestling coach Jordan Pagano, 27, was recently demonstrating simple wrestling moves with a student-athlete, something he does regularly. When he placed his hands on the mat to change positions, the unexpected happened: he ruptured a disc in his neck. The herniated disc pushed on Jordan’s spinal cord, [...]

Back to the Slopes: Spine Surgery Ends Decades of Pain for Sports Enthusiast

By |2024-05-10T08:13:20-04:00January 18th, 2022|Categories: Health A-Z, Neuroscience, Physical Therapy|Tags: , , , , |

Andrew Ferrara was a three-sport high school athlete when he suffered a football injury that permanently sidelined his athletic career. He herniated two discs in his back as a teen. At the time, the surgery to repair it was risky. So instead, he wore a brace to stabilize his [...]

Walking Tall: Minimally Invasive Surgery Relieves Sciatica Pain

By |2024-05-10T08:08:59-04:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: Health A-Z, Neuroscience, Orthopedics|Tags: , , , |

A string of falls and a car accident left Whiting resident Nanette Neves in constant agony. Plagued with numbness and pain in her leg and lower back, she endured eight years of treatments to manage the pain. When she had trouble getting out of bed, she knew it was [...]

Dispelling Myths About Electroconvulsive Therapy

By |2022-09-08T15:53:47-04:00April 9th, 2021|Categories: Health A-Z, Neuroscience|Tags: , |

While it is often associated with misconceptions, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a specialized treatment that can be very effective in certain people struggling with severe depression and certain other behavioral health conditions not helped by medication or psychotherapy. Moustafa H. Shafey, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist on staff at CentraState, [...]

Freehold Veteran on the Road to Recovery After Spine Surgery

By |2021-06-16T14:45:00-04:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , |

When Freehold resident John Russo fell after a progressive decline in his ability to walk, he figured he’d have to endure another joint replacement surgery. But he was shocked to learn that a serious spinal condition was causing his pain—and partial paralysis. John, 54, was in the Navy during [...]

Doo-Wop Singer Won’t Be Upstaged by Stroke: Quick Action Restores Voice to Jackson Resident

By |2021-03-25T01:31:01-04:00November 14th, 2020|Categories: Health A-Z, Neuroscience|Tags: , , |

Tony Testa is most at home on stage. As the leader of the ‘60s doo-wop vocal group The Duprees, his voice is his instrument. When he woke up one morning unable to speak, he wondered if his 60-year career was over. Tony, 76, a resident of Jackson, is known [...]

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