Category: Spine Surgery

Posterior Cervical Decompression or Microdiscectomy

Mark W. McFarland, DO As an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, I perform surgery on patients each week for spine conditions that can’t be treated conservatively or that didn’t respond when treated non-surgically.  In surgery, the spine can be accessed from either the front (anterior), the side (lateral) or the back (posterior) of the body.  Each access… Read more »

Laminotomy vs. Laminectomy

Mark W. McFarland, DO           Some spine conditions can put pressure on spinal nerves and/or the spinal cord.  This pressure or compression can result in pain, numbness, limb weakness and lack of function and/or balance. If left untreated, permanent nerve damage may occur.  Common medical conditions at fault are: Degenerative disc… Read more »

Spinal Surgery Complications – The Case of Steve Kerr

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Recently, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr underwent surgery for a “spinal leak” as described by the owner of the Warriors.  Since this happened, patients have asked me about this complication when discussing spine surgery. “Spinal leak” is medically termed a dural tear or spinal fluid leak.  The dura is… Read more »

May OSC Community Lecture Features Dr. Jeffrey Carlson – Neck, Back and Spine Conditions

Join Dr. Jeffrey Carlson as he discusses common disorders of the neck, back and spine.  Arthritis, spinal stenosis, bulging or herniated discs, scoliosis and many other conditions will be discussed and Dr. Carlson will talk about the most effective conservative and surgical treatment options.  Most spine conditions can be treated effectively without surgery.  When surgery… Read more »

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

by Mark W. McFarland, DO Pain in the shoulder and neck and numbness in the fingers can be caused by several conditions, but all have nerve or blood flow issues in common. One condition that can cause these symptoms is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS).  The thoracic outlet is the area in your upper body from… Read more »

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson first in Virginia to use Synfix Evolution Instrumentation for ALIF Spine surgery

Newport News Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon Performs Virginia’s First ALIF Surgery Using Synfix Evolution Device On December 6, 2016, an OSC Fellowship- Trained Spine Surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson, performed an L5- S1 ALIF (Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion) on a 56 year-old male patient, using the Synfix Evolution ALIF System at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News,… Read more »

Dr. Mark McFarland Completes 100th Less Exposure Surgery Procedure

Newport News, VA (PRWEB) November 01, 2016 Industry Leading Surgeon Dr. Mark McFarland Completes 100th Less Exposure Surgery Procedures Using SpineFrontier’s LES® Techniques and LES-PLIFT Implant on October 27th, 2016 Dr. Mark McFarland completed his 100th PLIFT less exposure surgery (LES®) procedure at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Virginia, fusing the L5-S1 level of… Read more »

Spondylolisthesis – A Big Word for a Problematic Condition

 by Mark W. McFarland, DO As an Orthopaedic Spine Specialist, I often see patients who complain of low back pain, which may or may not radiate into the buttocks and legs.  They can be adolescents or adults.  Although most lower back pain is caused by muscle strain, some patients have a condition that most likely… Read more »

Why are Patients Afraid after Undergoing Lumbar Spine Surgery?

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD In my role as a fellowship-trained Spine Specialist, I may perform over twenty spine surgeries a week.  With the advent of better surgical techniques, instrumentation, and pain control, the majority of my patients can go home the same day of surgery.  Some of these surgeries are straightforward and take about… Read more »

Are You Too Old for Spine Surgery?

Written by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The people of America are getting older. This is not a judgment on the age of our populace, but a fortunate consequence of better medical treatment, health consciousness and standard of living. We have more information about the requirements of our bodies later in life and have well-prepared ourselves… Read more »