Category: Spine Surgery

Should I Worry about Getting a Spine Infection?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Severe back pain can be a sign of several significant spinal disorders that bring patients to consult with me, as a spine specialist.  Although most back pain, even severe pain, is not going to be a symptom of a severe or life-threatening disorder, most people’s thoughts immediately go to the most… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Mark McFarland, Completes Milestone Case With NanoFUSE® Biologics Technology

Dr. Mark McFarland completed his 50th case using NanoFUSE Biologics. MALDEN, MASS. (PRWEB) APRIL 17, 2019 NanoFUSE Biologics announced today that Dr. Mark McFarland completed his 50th case using NanoFUSE Biologics. The operation took place on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Virginia. Dr. McFarland performed a posterior lumbar interbody fusion and… 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 »

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 »

Depression and Spine Surgery

Mark McFarland, DO Imagine this scenario:  You have had significant, unrelenting back pain for months.  You’ve seen several doctors and had x-rays and an MRI.  You were diagnosed with a major spine issue, such as spinal stenosis or a herniated disc. You’ve tried various conservative treatments, like physical therapy, oral medications and epidural steroid injections,… Read more »

SWARM™ Interactive Videos now ADA Compliant for Hearing and Sight Impaired

We are happy to announce that the ViewMedica On-Demand web player, offered by OSC, for patients to view animated surgical procedures, is now accessible, meeting WAI-A and section 508 standards of the United States Rehabilitation Act. Government rules encourage health providers to make all their web content accessible for blind, hearing impaired and other disabled… Read more »