Category: Minimally Invasive Surgery

The Risks and Complications of Disc Herniation Surgery

A spinal disc herniates when the covering of the disc cannot hold the gel-like material inside, due to injury, overuse or aging.   Often the inside portion of the disc will rupture through the covering, kind of like a jelly doughnut that is squished.  Because the spinal nerves are right next to the spinal discs, the… Read more »

OSC Physicians Named as 2019 Top Docs in Virginia Living Magazine

We are delighted to announce that three of our physicians were named “2019 Top Doctors” by their physician peers in a state-wide survey completed by Virginia Living Magazine.  Please join us in congratulating them on this prestigious recognition! (LEFT TO RIGHT) Jenny L.F. Andrus, M.D. — Interventional Pain Management, Prolotherapy Raj N. Sureja, M.D. —… Read more »

Does Time Spent in Surgery Affect Outcomes?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Whenever I discuss an upcoming surgery with my patient, there are lots of questions that come from the patient themselves, their family members and/or their caregivers.  One question that most patients don’t ask is “How long does the actual surgery take to perform?”  In general, patients want the surgeon to “take… Read more »

Tiger Woods: A Story of Triumph over Back Pain and Spine Issues

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Congratulations to Tiger Woods on his 5th Masters Golf Tournament win!  I’ve followed Tiger’s career with interest, given his history of back problems and subsequent spine surgeries.  As a spine surgeon, I’m often asked by patients “What activities that I enjoy will be limited after my spine surgery?”  There’s been… Read more »

Swallowing Difficulties after Cervical Spine Surgery

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD When I discuss cervical spine (neck) surgery with my patients, using the anterior (front of the neck) surgical approach, I am often asked about the effects of surgery on swallowing.  In anterior cervical spine surgery (ACDS), I move the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus (eating tube) from their normal resting place to… Read more »

November Community Lecture Features Dr. John Burrow – Effective Treatments for Hips and Knees

Are you suffering from knee or hip pain and need surgery? Community Lecture – Overcoming Arthritis Pain: Effective Treatments for Hips and Knees Join Dr. John Burrow as he discusses treatment options for painful arthritis of the hip and knee. Learn about the latest non-surgical and surgical options for relieving pain and restoring function. MAKOplasty,… Read more »

What is De Quervain’s Tendinitis?

Robert J. Snyder, MD Recently, I saw a middle-aged female in my practice who complained of pain in her wrist radiating to her thumb. She said that the pain just started one day and that she had been treating it at home for about 2 weeks with Aleve and ice.  She was concerned as she… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Golfer’s Elbow

by Jamie Swale, DPT Golf is a very popular sport in the United States and Hampton Roads is no exception.   While golf is a wonderful, low-impact exercise, there are some injuries that can occur from playing.  One of the most common is Medial Epicondylitis – more commonly known as Golfer’s Elbow. Golfer’s Elbow usually occurs… Read more »

Dr. Mark McFarland Trains on the Globus and Brain Lab Robotic & Navigation Systems for Spine Surgery

This past weekend, Dr. Mark McFarland went to Philadelphia, PA to learn about, explore and be trained on the Globus Robotic and Navigation System for Spine surgery.  OSC Surgeons are constantly learning about new products and services to improve surgical technique, the surgical experience and outcomes for their patients. Dr. McFarland is in the process… Read more »