Video Series: Our Team
Health Topics: Neurosurgery
Suresh is a neurosurgeon at Children's National; he specializes in minimally invasive approaches, when appropriate.
On Tea Abbadini’s thirteenth birthday, she started feeling sudden pain on the right side of her lower abdomen that her parents thought was appendicitis. A few months later on Christmas Eve, Tea’s hand cramped up for 10 minutes and, on New Year’s Eve, she got her first back cramp. Her back cramp was so bad that it curved her to the right and caused her to walk leaned over for a few hours.
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