Category: Spine Surgery

September’s Lecture Features Dr. Mark McFarland Speaking about Spine Conditions

Find Relief for Back, Neck, and Limb Pain: Effective Treatments for Pinched Nerves, Slipped Discs and Spinal Stenosis – presented by Dr. Mark McFarland Join Dr. Mark McFarland as he discusses both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for common conditions of the spine. Learn about Epidural Steroid Injections, a very common and effective non-surgical treatment… Read more »

Cervical Disc Replacement vs. Cervical Fusion Surgery

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients who need surgical treatment for their cervical disc herniation or arthritis research the best options, including cervical disc replacement.   Over the past ten years, surgical technology for the spine has steadily improved and scientific studies are being produced that support the use of disc replacement over fusion for cervical spine… Read more »

Should I have Neck Surgery?

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients often ask me for a recommendation of the best treatment options for their herniated disc in the neck.  In this article, I will discuss how I arrive at these recommendations, based on neck anatomy, specific criteria and the conditions unique to each patient. The cervical spine (neck) has 6… Read more »

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 »