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John Papaianni

Edison, NJ

I have always been an active kid playing hockey, baseball, wrestling, and riding my skateboard/bike. In January 2018, that all changed for me. While wrestling, my opponent took me down and my leg broke (tibia). I had a spiral break that took 6-8 weeks to heal in a full cast that then followed a boot for 3 weeks. On impact of my break I told my parents that my knee was hurting but doctors were focused on fixing my broken leg. In May, I was finally released to play baseball again and the first time I ran my knee felt like it was giving out and the pain on impact was terrible.

In June 2018 I had an MRI that confirmed a torn meniscus. After numerous doctors and evaluations my parents decided that the best care for me would be Hospital for Special Surgery with Dr. Beth Shubin Stein. Dr. Shubin Stein was amazing in calming me down and making me feel confident the surgery would be successful. I can recall waking up from surgery and asking her was it a success, she smiled and said yes. The first few weeks/months after surgery we visited her office numerous times for PRP injections and I worked 3 times a week in physical therapy. Therapy was difficult at times, but I knew what I needed to do to get “Back in the Game”.

To HSS and Dr. Shubin Stein, thank you for all you did in helping me be an active kid again and do what I love to do best. My North Edison baseball team and I recently played in Cooperstown All Star Village. To be with my friends, catch a full game and run the bases after a home run PAIN-FREE, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you Dr. Shubin Stein.