Category: Dr Jeffrey Carlson, MD.

What is Facetectomy?

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Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD You may think that being an orthopaedist is all glamorous, like the movies or TV make it out to be. However, I did spend many years in school, working hard, learning how to be a good physician and surgeon.  One of the most interesting subjects that I had to master was… Read more »

Surgical Treatment for Spinal Osteoarthritis

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Spinal Osteoarthritis or Spinal OA is a form of wear-and-tear arthritis that affects the joints of the spine.  The facet joints are located on the backside of each vertebrae and help the spine bend and twist. As we age, the cartilage in these joints may wear away with use and time.  At the same time,… Read more »

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson: How minimally invasive spine surgery has evolved at the ASC

Dr. Carlson in the operating room

Alan Condon – Friday, March 26th, 2021  This article was originally published in Becker’s Spine Review. One of the first three-level lumbar spinal fusions at an ASC was recently performed by Jeffrey Carlson, MD, president of Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, Va. Dr. Carlson spoke with Becker’s Spine Review about what minimally invasive spine surgery means to him and… Read more »

Losing Your Balance as You Age? It Could be Cervical Myelopathy

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Spine surgery encompasses many aspects of patient mobility, but none as serious as spinal cord injury.  Injury to the spinal cord can happen from an accident where the bones get violently moved out of position and pinch the spinal cord.   This may just be an instant compression on impact than released or a sustained compression… Read more »

Injuries and Fractures of the Thoracic Spine

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Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As a busy Orthopaedic Physician, I often see and treat patients for and write articles about the cervical spine (neck) and the lumbar spine (lower back).  Today, I’m going to focus on the thoracic spine or the middle back, the area where the rib cage is located.  Percentage wise, I do… Read more »

Tumors of the Spine

  Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Tumors are an abnormal collection or mass of cells that multiply rapidly without the “on/off” switch normal cells possess.  Spinal tumors that are directly related to spine cells are rare and we are not sure what causes most spinal tumors; however, a very small percentage can be caused by genetic… Read more »

Orthopaedic Surgery in the Era of COVID-19 – Ventilators

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  Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Thus far, 2020 has been a year in which we have seen extraordinary changes in our lives due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Pretty much everything we do has been altered or impacted by our need to minimize the spread of this deadly virus.  These changes have affected the practice of… Read more »

My Spine Surgery Was Cancelled due to Coronavirus – Now What?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Federal, state and local mandates regarding postponing elective surgery during the Coronavirus outbreak have caused many patients quite a bit of concern and frustration.  Managing the logistics of your life around a planned surgery take a lot of time and effort. There are work, family, and social considerations, as well as… Read more »