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  • Relieve and ReSTOR®

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County, North Tampa, Published: Summer 2018

    Dry eyes complicate cataracts

    For years, Theresa* suffered from dry, red, itchy eyes that her doctor treated as allergies. The New York native also had difficulty with her vision that was getting progressively worse, but her eye doctor didn’t seem particularly concerned. He simply continued to update her eyeglass prescription and left it at that. Theresa is happy she decided to find another physician and is thrilled the physician she discovered was Dr. Berger. “I had glasses and contacts, but I was also having irritation from severe dry eyes,” describes Theresa. “My contacts felt so dry they would pop out. My eyes were severely red. Nothing I did relieved them. “I also had problems seeing. Things weren’t as shar...

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  • Slick as a LINX®

    Edition: Manatee County, Sarasota, South Sarasota County, Published: Summer 2018

    New, less-invasive technique treats stubborn acid reflux disease.

    The problem might begin with a burning sensation that starts behind the breastbone and radiates to the neck and throat. In addition to this pain, known as heartburn, there may be nausea, regurgitation, bad breath and tooth decay. These are some of the telltale symptoms of a common condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Dr. Napoliello has expertise in surgically treating GERD with hiatal hernia. The term gastroesophageal refers to the stomach (gastro) and the esophagus, or food pipe. The esophagus empties into the stomach through a circular band of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). If the LES does not open and ...

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  • Multi-Trauma Program

    Edition: Brevard County, Indian River County, Published: Spring 2018

    Return to independence after life-threatening injury.

    Last year, auto body specialist George*, 62, was living a care-free, unfettered life in his native St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. In early July, George slipped and fell and hit his head on a rock. At the time, he underwent an MRI at the local hospital and was told he was fine. Two months later, Hurricane Irma hit the tranquil island, and life changed dramatically in St. Thomas, George’s life was especially impacted by events on that late summer day. “I was in my house trying to secure my stuff during the hurricane,” he shares. “Part of the roof came down and hit me on the head. I went to the hospital in St. Thomas, and they found I was bleeding in my he...

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  • Whole Person Approach

    Edition: South Pinellas County, South Tampa, Published: Spring 2018

    Physical therapy: an integral component of the recovery process.

    One day in 2004, Nadine*, an assistant customer service manager, was bringing in carts from her store parking lot. The front entrance didn’t have a straight curb; it curved. To get into the store, employees had to make a turn. When Nadine, a Maryland native living in Florida, turned that day, she heard a “pop.” Dr. Peavler (left) and Dr. Boyle believe physical therapy helps in the recovery process. “I ended up having a tear and bulging discs in my lower back,” she describes. “That year, I had my first surgery. The doctors scraped off the discs and sealed up the tear. Because my discs were bone-on-bone, they also put some caulking between the bones. That repa...

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  • Alternative to Surgery

    Edition: Indian River County, St. Lucie County, Published: Spring 2018

    New procedure eliminates pain from spinal stenosis.

    At 75, Michael* wasn’t ready to feel old. Yet, maddening back pain made it difficult for him to feel youthful and stay active. The pain from his back traveled all the way down his right leg, which affected his walking and put a stop to his morning exercise routine. Even standing was painful, and Michael found himself instead sitting in his chair doing nothing. When he tried to cook, he had to lean over his kitchen sink, which provided some relief from the agony in his back and leg. “I really enjoy cooking for my family,” Michael shares. “It’s something I have always tried to do several days a week, but the pain I would get in my back when I stood too long at the stove fo...

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  • Plantar Warts

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2018

    Don’t let them go untreated.

    Verruca plantaris, or plantar warts, can be painful and embarrassing. The most common breeding grounds for plantar warts are communal showers, floors in public swimming pools, even your shower at home. Breakouts can also occur among people who share gym or athletic facilities or in settings where bare feet are the rule. “Warts can occur on any compromised skin surface, but they are most common on the bottoms of the feet and on the hands,” explains board-certified podiatric surgeon Robert P. Dunne, DPM, who has offices in Melbourne and Palm Bay. “They tend to invade the skin through small abrasions or cuts, some that you may not even realize you have. “The plantar wart can be quite painful sinc...

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  • A Crown Jewel

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2018

    All-porcelain crowns look more natural, last longer than predecessors.

    As a young woman growing up under the communist regime in the Czech Republic, Zorka* had little access to quality dental care. So, whenever a problem arose, she had no choice of provider or influence on treatment decisions. “I grew up during the communist time, and the way they treated our teeth was horrible,” she describes. “When I was eighteen years old, I had an abscess in the front. They took the nerve out, and my tooth was black after that. So, I was an eighteen-year-old girl with a black tooth.” In 1979, Zorka left Prague and moved to New Jersey. There she found a dentist who began the process of rehabilitating her smile. He began by tackling that ...

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  • Fill’er Up

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County, North Tampa, South Tampa, West Pasco County, Published: Spring 2018

    Nonsurgical weight-loss procedure provides effective alternative to conventional dieting.

    Looking back on her first few years in college, April* often wonders how it was she managed to find the time to keep up with her studies. She was a very active co-ed, after all, a member of both her school’s cheer squad and its soccer team. Weight-loss treatment is one of many wellness services provided by the ZMD Center. April remained active even through graduate school, playing recreational soccer and softball whenever she could and working out regularly at the gym. It wasn’t until she entered law school that the demands of her education finally forced her to slow down. “I just didn’t have the time to do all the things I was doing to ...

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  • Dry Eye and Allergies

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2018

    Similar symptoms define these eye disorders.

    What leads to red, irritated eyes that itch and burn; comes with blurry vision, swollen lids and maybe even some excessive tearing? It sounds like allergies. But it could be dry eye disease. Or both. Not only do these eye disorders have overlapping symptoms, they also often co-exist in the same person. Dr. Alonzo describes the causes of dry eye to a patient “Trying to understand these disorders can be confusing because dry eye and allergies often go together,” confirms Leslie Raymond Alonzo III, OD, a board-certified doctor of optometry at Florida Eye Specialists & Cataract Institute in Brandon. “Sometimes, people think they have allergies, and it turns out they have dry eye, o...

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  • Pampered Palates

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Spring 2018

    Implant-retained upper dentures for stability and comfort.

    Rita* is a retired administrative assistant and a Staten Island native who relocated to Florida four years ago to flee the cold and snow of New York. But she couldn’t flee from a deteriorating dental issue that had been dogging her for years. “I knew for a while I had a problem with my upper gums, but I kept putting off doing anything about it,” shares Rita. “Every time I went to the dentist, I’d hear the same thing about how my gums were receding. “I had pain occasionally, and there was sensitivity because as my gums receded, more nerve was exposed. I was told to expect that.” Dentists typically monitor progression of recession by measuring the gum pockets. These ar...

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