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Your experience tells the story

While awards and accolades speak volumes about a medical program's services, we recognize the best reassurance and support for our patients care and outcomes comes from stories shared by patients themselves. Watch our videos and read the patient's own stories below to see how the Inova Spine Program's care team has made a difference in the lives of people, which is what we strive for each and every day.

VIDEO: Mark Mildorf faced severe back pain and reclaimed his athletic lifestyle, even completing a 100-mile bike ride just 90 days after spinal decompression and fusion surgery.

VIDEO: Brad McFarland trusted Inova's spine experts to help him overcome severe spine pain and reclaim his life.

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

Larry Black's frightening symptoms were the result of a lumbar spine and brain infection.

Larry Black walking his dogLarry 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 for his life.

An infection had invaded his lumbar spine and had spread to his brain. Only the quick action and expertise of a collaborative team of Inova nurses, emergency physicians, intensivists, orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons averted a tragic outcome.

The 76-year-old from Leesburg, Virginia doesn’t remember much about this shocking turn of events.

He’d been battling debilitating back pain and was scheduled for a lumbar fusion with Ali Moshirfar, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in spine care. He is also the Medical Director of the Inova Spine Program at Inova Loudoun Hospital, a program of Inova Neurosciences. As the pain intensified, Larry began to feel other, odder symptoms. “I was lethargic and disoriented. I felt like I was walking around drunk,” he recalls.

When the symptoms progressed to acute delirium and a high fever, his wife, Cheryl, and Larry’s daughter, Danielle, rushed him to the Inova Loudoun Hospital ER after his oldest son, Dayton, was emphatically telling him over the phone that he needed to go to the hospital. “To this day, I have no idea how we got this 250-pound man down the stairs and into the car,” Cheryl says.

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