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Weight Loss Surgery Leads to Lifestyle Gain

By |2024-06-21T12:32:04-04:00April 12th, 2024|Categories: Bariatrics, Health A-Z|Tags: , , , , |

Doug Brooks has struggled with his weight since high school, and it continued to climb through adulthood. Four years ago, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Howell resident to work from home, his weight spiked from 220 pounds to 300 pounds. Easily fatigued and experiencing excruciating hip and knee pain, [...]

Complex Brain Surgery Hits All the Right Notes

By |2024-06-21T12:34:01-04:00April 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 Food [...]

The Beat Goes on With a Lifesaving Heart Pump

By |2024-06-21T12:41:25-04:00January 19th, 2024|Categories: Cardiology, Health A-Z, Patient Stories|Tags: , |

Mohammed Chaudhry, 72, was in relatively good health, maintained an active lifestyle and proactively had regular cardiac stress tests. Then one morning, the Jackson resident experienced sudden chest pain, dizziness and numbness in his arms and hands. His wife, Musarat, took him to his nearby primary care doctor, who did [...]

Back on Pace After a Complex Tumor Surgery for Sarcoma

By |2024-06-24T13:33:32-04:00January 19th, 2024|Categories: Cancer, Health A-Z, Patient Stories|Tags: , , |

When Maria Rotella felt a lump on the back of her left thigh, she was concerned about a blood clot and went to urgent care. The initial diagnosis was a lipoma, a harmless, fatty tumor. The 83-year-old Perth Amboy resident didn’t think much about it for several months – [...]

Wrestling Coach Overcomes Paralysis in the Match of a Lifetime

By |2024-06-21T17:54:42-04:00November 1st, 2023|Categories: 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, [...]

Physical Therapy Technique Speeds Up Recovery

By |2024-05-10T08:42:14-04:00July 12th, 2023|Categories: Health A-Z, Patient Stories, Physical Therapy|Tags: , |

When high school athlete Brian Kutney, 16, fractured his leg, he was committed to getting back onto the track as soon as possible. Cutting-edge physical therapy helped accelerate his recovery – and shave seconds off his time. Last summer, the Jackson resident and active sophomore fractured his tibia while [...]

Flipping the Script on a First-time Birth

By |2024-05-10T08:42:15-04:00July 12th, 2023|Categories: Patient Stories, Pregnancy and Parenting|Tags: , , , |

When Rebecca Pauley learned she was pregnant, she envisioned a routine birthing experience. However, baby Rafael had his own plans. CentraState’s team in the delivery room helped her avoid a C-section and give birth to her baby boy safely. A Morganville resident born at CentraState, Rebecca discussed her birth [...]


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