Category: News and Events

What is Facetectomy?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

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

Dr. Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD 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. … Read more »

Treating Chronic Pain from Spinal Osteoarthritis

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD Did you know that Spinal Osteoarthritis is the number one cause of lower back pain in those over the age of 50?  While it is most commonly seen in the lower back, it can also occur in the neck.  This is the kind of arthritis that is known as “wear and… Read more »

Having a Hip Replacement as a Smoker-What you Should Know

Dr. Boyd Haynes

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD As a busy orthopedic surgeon in Newport News, I’ve performed more hip replacement surgeries than I can count over the years, with a good percentage of them having been done on smokers. While both smokers and nonsmokers typically recover well, there are differences during the pre- and post-surgical recovery period… Read more »

Regenerative Medicine: What’s New in this Emerging Field for 2021

Image of Dr. Mark McFarland

Mark W. McFarland, DO In addition to my busy practice as an Orthopaedic Spine specialist, I also offer Regenerative Medicine services as a treatment to my patients when appropriate.  Regenerative Medicine uses the body’s own healing properties, such as stem cells or platelet rich plasma (PRP), to encourage regrowth and healing of mild to moderate… Read more »

Being the Primary Caregiver for Someone with Chronic Pain – What You Should Know

Dr. Martin

Chronic pain is difficult, exhausting and depressing, not only for the sufferer, but for those who love and live with them.  Having to modify your life according to someone’s pain level every day takes a great deal of patience and understanding. Doing so for long periods, without respite or refreshment, can easily result in caregiver and compassion fatigue and eventually, caregiver burnout. Let’s discuss how to recognize the signs and manage the normal frustrations and emotions of caregiving to head off fatigue and burnout before they start.

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 »

How Old is too Old for a Knee Replacement?

Dr. Boyd Haynes, III

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD In my orthopaedic practice, I am often asked age-related questions when it comes to certain surgeries.  “What’s the cut-off age for this surgery and what age do I have do be before I can I have that procedure?”  Only a few years ago, those questions probably mattered a lot more… Read more »