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Jennie Soprani - Patient Story

"I feel better now than I have in a very long time."

— Jennie Soprani, Survivor of Complex Surgery for Benign Disease

I had a routine hysterectomy at the age of 65, and then had medical problems for nearly 15 years after the procedure, including healing issues from the incision and recurring infections.

The hospital where I had the hysterectomy sent me home with a gaping hole in my stomach that never healed properly, and I endured ongoing pain, bleeding, infections, and emotional worry. Those problems continued for five years and then escalated when I was diagnosed with a hernia.

Joe and Jennie SopraniJoe and Jennie Soprani

My doctor referred me to Dr. Paul G. Curcillo, who was practicing at a hospital in Philadelphia. I was quite impressed by his credentials and his demeanor. He performed the hernia procedure, and I recovered well after the surgery.

My health problems, however, continued over the next several years. I was referred to a kidney specialist who suspected some GI problems and ordered testing. I was treated by several doctors who inserted PICC lines and prescribed liquid diets, but I continued to have pain and infections. I did not have the quality of life I wanted.

In late 2014, one of the doctors reviewed my medical chart and suggested that I return to Dr. Curcillo, who is currently chief of the division of minimally invasive surgery at Fox Chase Cancer Center. He admitted me to Fox Chase at the end of December 2014 for treatment of a complex abdominal wound, an intestinal fistula. That procedure changed my life for the better.

Today I can do all the things I used to do without concerns about pain, bleeding, or infections. Life is now beautiful, and I feel better today than I have in a very long time. I have a caring family and a wonderful grandson, along with friends whose love and prayers helped me through many months of recovery. I couldn’t have made it through all of this without my husband, Joe. We celebrated 58 years of marriage in 2016.

If you need a top medical professional, I highly recommend Dr. Curcillo. His reputation places him in the top rank of the medical profession. I can’t say enough about him and his medical team and office staff at Fox Chase. They are all deserving of high praise.

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