Tag: spine surgery

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 »

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson Recognized for Excellence

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson was recently recognized as one of America’s Top Orthopaedists for 2017 by the Consumers Research Council of America. Dr. Carlson was noted for his work in the area of Reconstructive Spine Surgery.  Congratulations, Dr. Carlson!

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 »

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 »

Can Antibiotics Cure Back Pain?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD and Managing Partner of Orthopaedic & Spine Center Last week, a very interesting study from Denmark was published, which suggested that chronic back pain may be improved or cured with an antibiotic regimen.  The Orthopaedic world was abuzz with the news and many began dreaming of the immense changes that could… Read more »

Eyewitness to a Kyphoplasty

Molly Tanner, Marketing Coordinator for Orthopaedic & Spine Center on Kyphoplasty As a marketing coordinator for the Orthopaedic & Spine Center, I spend a lot of time in our community telling people what services OSC offers and what our physicians do on a daily basis. I talk about different treatment options, procedures, physical therapy, MRIs,… Read more »

A Day In the Life of an Orthopaedic Physician Assistant

by Orthopaedic & Spine Center’s Tonia Yocum, PA-C (Physicians Assistant – Certified) On a typical surgical day, I am up and out of bed at 5:15 AM. I leave the house at 6:00 AM and normally arrive at the hospital around 6:30 AM. I usually change into surgical scrubs when I arrive, although I wear… Read more »

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson Named Chief-of Surgery

Leading Spinal Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Carlson M.D. Appointment at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Orthopaedic & Spine Center is delighted to announce that Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, was recently named Chief-of-Surgery at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA. Dr. Carlson is the President and Managing Partner at Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Newport News,… Read more »

How Active Can I Be After Spine Surgery?

OSC’s Dr Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Explains What You Can Do After Surgery on Your Spine Patients often ask about the activities that they will be allowed to participate in after they have spine surgery. Many fear that they will not be able to return to their previous level of activity and are doomed to… Read more »