Mobi-C Disc Replacement: Mark’s Story

An Ironman triathlete gets back in the race with help from Dr. John Hamilton and Inova Neurosciences. Mark Fostek, 49, has been an athlete all his life. A former college baseball player, Mark took up running in his late thirties. In 2015, he discovered the triathlon, a sport that combines swimming, cycling and running –…

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Back from the Brink: Teamwork and Quick Action Save a Life

Larry Black looked forward to a quiet retirement – playing golf, spending time with his wife, and enjoying his large brood of children, grandchildren and new great-grandchild. But just 13 days after stepping down as Chief Magistrate for the 20th Judicial District of Virginia, Larry was in the Inova Loudoun Hospital Emergency Room (ER), fighting…

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Is Spine Surgery the Answer to your Back Pain?

Corey Wallach, MD, is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, board-certified in orthopaedic surgery. He serves as the medical director of the Inova Spine Program at Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. Back pain is an interesting beast. It’s incredibly common: As many as 90% of people will experience back pain in their lifetimes, and…

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New Brain Tumor Treatments Offer Hope

Mateo Ziu, MD, MBA, is a board-certified neurosurgeon. He is the medical director of the Inova Brain and Spine Tumor Program. As a neurosurgeon with specialized training in tumors of the brain and spine, I see many patients with hard-to-treat brain tumors. It’s always a balancing act to remove tumors while protecting vital brain tissue.…

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Back on Track After Life-Threatening Stroke

Inova patient runs Antarctic race

Runner resumes sport after recovering from bleeding brain aneurysm When Brooke Sydnor Curran, then 50, finished the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, last fall, it was a crisp October afternoon and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Her husband and three daughters were cheering her on and, like the previous 116 marathons she…

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Experiencing Back and Leg Pain? It Could Be Spinal Stenosis.

Anje Kim, MD, is board-certified in neurological surgery and fellowship-trained in neurosurgery of the spine. She treats a broad range of spine conditions, from simple to complex. Spinal stenosis: What’s that? Many people have never heard of this condition at all — yet it’s surprisingly common. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons…

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Comprehensive trauma care: Neurosurgeon enjoys all aspects of work with patients

Nilesh Vyas, MD, Associate Chair for Neurosurgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital (IFH), fully appreciates the efforts made nationally by leaders in medical trauma services.   “We’ve made improvements by raising awareness and using various mechanisms,” he says, citing the advent of National Trauma Awareness Month in May. “In the ’80s cars got safer. In the…

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