Category: Orthopedic Surgery

What Causes Foot and Ankle Swelling? Part II

Dr .Joel Stewart

Joel D. Stewart, MD In Part I of this series, I discussed medical conditions and issues that weren’t orthopaedic in origin which could cause foot and ankle swelling, and I also alerted you to some of the usually experienced reasons for temporary foot and ankle edema. Today, my focus will be on the most common… Read more »

What Causes Foot and Ankle Swelling? Part I

Joel D. Stewart, MD As an orthopaedic physician who specializes in the treatment of the foot and ankle, I see many patients who come to me with swollen feet and/or ankles.  I can treat those patients for whom there is a musculoskeletal reason for the swelling, but some patients have other clinical reasons for their… Read more »

Flat Back Syndrome

Mark McFarland, MD

Mark W. McFarland, DO In my practice as a Spine physician, I see a variety of injuries and illnesses in my office every day which pertain to the spine, back and neck.  An interesting condition that I sometimes treat is that of a patient whose spine has lost its natural curvature in the lumbar region,… Read more »

Will Insurance Deny my Hip Replacement Surgery if I’m a Smoker? (A Web Chat Question)

Moderated by Boyd W. Haynes III, MD That’s a fantastic question.  Currently, insurance companies do not take smoking status into consideration when choosing to approve or deny joint replacement surgeries.  However, we have a lot of scientific research that proves that smoking is quite detrimental to bone growth, blood circulation, bone and soft tissue healing… Read more »

In a Virginia Peninsula First, Dr. Mark McFarland performs Lumbar Fusion using the Globus Sable®Expandable Lumbar Interbody Cage

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Dec. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Mark W. McFarland, DO performed a Lumbar Fusion on a 57-year-old female using the Globus Sable® Expandable Lumbar Interbody Cage at Mercy Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA on October 21, 2021. “My patient had spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine…. Read more »

When Can I Vape Again After Orthopaedic Surgery? (A Web Chat Question)

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Moderated by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD My answer is never.  Use the break that your surgery afforded you as a great opportunity to quit your smoking habit for good.  Smoking/vaping is very detrimental to healing after orthopaedic surgery especially as bone needs high levels of oxygen rich red blood cells to repair and mend after… Read more »

The Subvastus Approach to Knee Replacement

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Orthopaedic surgeries evolve with the advancement of technology, surgical instrumentation, surgical technique, and pain management. The knee replacement is no different and has been through many iterations of approaches, implant types, differing implant material composition, etc., all with the goal of delivering the best patient outcome and the most highly… Read more »

I Just Had Orthopaedic Surgery, so Why Does My Throat Hurt So Badly?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The title of this article is a question that was asked recently by a patient over our webchat line that I thought would make a fantastic topic for discussion.  I often hear this complaint from my patients as I am a spine surgeon and the requirements for spine surgery anesthesia are… Read more »