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Medacta MySpine ®

The Spine Surgeons at Orthopaedic & Spine Center are pleased to announce the addition of the Medacta MySpine®  Patient-specific Lumbar Spinal Fusion to the surgical procedures available to their patients.

The Medacta MySpine®  System is truly a surgical instrument customized to the patient’s own anatomy and vertebrae.  A plastic, 3D model of the vertebrae to be treated will be created using a CT scan of the patient’s spine. Along with the 3D spinal model, innovative surgical planning software and customized screw placement guides allow the spine surgeon to accurately plan and complete the patient’s surgery.

Drs. Jeffrey Carlson and Mark McFarland, both Fellowship-trained Spine Specialists at OSC, were impressed with the Medacta MySpine® System and decided to implement it for their patients at OSC. Dr. McFarland was the first surgeon on the Peninsula to use the system in a lumbar fusion surgery on April 22, 2021. Both doctors like the surgical planning software, as well as the pedicle screw guides that are specific to each patient’s anatomy, which help ensure a better outcome for the patient each time.

The benefits to patients are real as well:

  • The Medacta MySpine® technique is muscle and tissue sparing – meaning less recovery and rehabilitation time

    Image of Dr. Mark McFarland

    Mark W. McFarland, D.O.

    Dr. Carlson

    Jeffrey R. Carlson, M.D.

  • Decreased post-operative pain due to a less invasive surgery
  • Outpatient surgery in most cases
  • Small incision
  • Less Blood Loss
  • Safe Pedicle Screw Positioning – reduces the need for a revision surgery
  • A quicker return to activity

Make an Appointment to learn more about Medacta MySpine®

If you are considering lumbar fusion surgery, ask if the Medacta MySpine®  Patient-specific Spinal Fusion System is right for you.

What Our Patients Are Saying

5/5
  • I awoke one morning in May of 2021 with a pain in my shoulder blade which progressed that day to agonizing pain through my shoulder and down my arm. The fingers on my hand were numb and I also had weakness. X-Rays and an MRI showed bulging and compressed C-5 through C-7 disks complicated further by arthritis. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson patiently explained the problem and recommended cervical spinal fusion. The operation was performed at Mary Immaculate in June 2021 and was flawless. The staff at MI… Read More

Keith Johnson – Multi-level Cervical Spinal Fusion

  • For several years I had been putting up with pretty severe back, pain but was reluctant to have back surgery, considering all the horror stories that had been told. These included people who had back surgery who ended up worse off and some had trouble getting around. After my pain got to the unbearable point which affected my daily life, including stopping playing handball, I decided to see  Dr. Carlson of the Orthopaedic and Spine Center. He discussed all the options, which included surgery,… Read More

James Pressick – Spine Surgery

  • My name is Gene Mason and I am 89 years old. I had three back surgeries 50 years ago and have been plagued with back problems ever since. Two years ago, back pains had reached the point where I felt the need for some sort of corrective action. I had about a year of epidurals and physical exercises. They were effective at first, but only for a short period of time. The neurosurgeon in Williamsburg referred me to the University of Virginia for treatment. The surgeon there told me that, though… Read More

Gene Mason – Spinal Cord Stimulator for Pain Relief

  • I have spinal stenosis, pinched nerves, and disc trouble. I was in a great deal of pain, from my right hip through the knee, down the right side of my leg and across the top of my foot. I felt like the mummy -dragging my leg behind me. I tried shots in various locations. They would not work very long, if at all. I finally had Dr. Jeffrey Carlson do surgery, he cleaned up the area around the nerve and disc. I went home with no pain, other than some minor stuff around the incision site. In… Read More

Steve Smith – Lumbar Spine Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

  •   I have seen several doctors at OSC over the years; most recently Dr. Martin Coleman. I was referred to him by Dr. Mark McFarland for shoulder surgery which was successfully completed. Dr. McFarland helped me with back surgeries and knee replacements.  In the past, my mother saw Dr. Raj Sureja and we both felt the same about his services and knowledge. Each experience with the Doctors at OSC has always worked out well. And any interaction with the staff there has only shown me… Read More

Diana J. Rondinelli – Shoulder Surgery, Spine Surgeries, Knee Replacements & Pain Management

  • I am a 57 yr old female who has Rheumatoid Arthritis and I met with Dr. Carlson on a rather urgent basis back in April; both my legs were going numb when I walked. Within a minute of moving, I had to run to get to a chair as it felt like my legs were giving in (I also had lower back pain for 8 years, but it wasn\’t bad enough for me to visit the doctor). Dr. Carlson said “you have Spinal Stenosis and need surgery”. He performed a lumbar fusion, 2 levels. The day after surgery in the hospital, I… Read More

Patricia Stuhm – Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Jeffrey Carlson saved my life in 2005 when a painful herniated disc that I’d suffered with for 3 years finally took me out of the game of life. My recovery then was unremarkable, meaning I was back to feeling normal fairly quickly. I recommended Dr. Carlson to anyone having issues, for years. I never thought I’d be seeing him again, but in 2022, after a slow deterioration in my neck, I went to see Dr. Carlson for help for a second time. His team was quick to get the necessary x-rays and… Read More

Michelle Vega – Discectomy & Cervical Fusion

  • I was suffering with back pain for about three years from a pinched nerve. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson gave me an option that would relieve my back pain issue. I had the laser surgery done on 3/25/19. I am now pain free, with the help of surgery and physical therapy. I feel free of pain. I want to thank Dr. Carlson for a job well done. Dorian J…. Read More

Dorian Johnson – Outpatient Lumbar Spine Surgery for Pinched Nerve

  • I am a 42 yo male Navy veteran. Since about June of 2000 I have been battling lower, and sometimes, debilitating back pain. I would have considered myself as in shape and athletic growing up. I have never had any mishaps that would have caused my pain. Through the years I saw my ability to partake in various athletic events and involvement in the gym become less and less. My quality of life suffered, and I believe this pain cost me my Naval Career. Throughout my journey to minimize my pain I… Read More

Jose Cartagena – Multi-level Lumbar Decompression and Fusion

  • As a young girl, my passion was horseback riding. I trained as a hunter/jumper, it also lead to a bit of falling as well. I was also rather clumsy and fell down a staircase or two. During this time, I believe I injured my back. I became a hairstylist in my early 20’s where I continued to have back issues. Two children later and continued work, standing on my feet, I couldn’t put off the dealing with the pain any longer. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson was actually my second opinion, he was such a… Read More

Jennifer Heath – Lumbar Fusion Surgery to Treat Spondylolisthesis

  • My name is Kenny Meekins. I am a retired high school baseball coach and athletic director from Manteo, NC. For the last 5 years, I have experienced low back pain. After retiring in Jan. 2016, I imagined my retirement being very active. The more active I tried to be, the more pain I started to experience. Riding a bike, walking, and playing golf became more difficult as the sciatica pain in my left leg became more excruciating. I started looking for a Doctor in August of 2016 to find my… Read More

Kenny Meekins – Multi-level Lumbar Spinal Fusion

  • In December 2019 I was on crutches struggling to walk due to synovial cysts and severe spinal stenosis caused by degenerative disk disease and spinal instability at 49 years old. I spent 2 years using physical therapy, myofascial release, and huge daily modifications to manage my symptoms and stay mobile. Last December the pain began to be unbearable again and I started to search for new providers and found OSC and Dr. Carlson. I poured through all these reviews and his online blogs and then… Read More

Jennifer Brugliera – Spinal Fusion

  • I’m a 60 year old mechanic/supervisor who has dealt with lower back pain for the past 25 years.  In July 2017, I was unable to work due to the lower back pain, and pain shooting down my right leg and into my feet. I was unable to sleep throughout the night, unable to stand , sit or walk for any amount of time. I sought chiropractic care, but with no relief. I tried a cortisone shot, but with no relief. I had always said that I would never have back surgery, but that is what I did do. My… Read More

Kenneth Williams – Complex Multi-level Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • About a year ago, I woke up suddenly in extreme pain, I could not walk. After many trips to the doctors, the cause was diagnosed, I had a nerve that was touching a vertebrae. I did everything but fly a kite in a thunderstorm to relieve the pain. Since I was very apprehensive about BACK SURGERY, I figured interviewing some doctors would help. So I did my research, read bios, surgery experience for my particular condition, testimonials etc. One of the surgeons I visited was Dr. Jeffrey… Read More

Sherry – Spinal Surgery

  • Physician: Dr. Carlson I developed severe pain in my lower back on July 1, 2012. After going to the ER, they gave a diagnosis of sciatica. The pain was not helped by the Tylenol #3 prescribed. On July 3, 2012, I went to see a chiropractor, Dr. Boon, in Williamsburg, who I have been seeing since 1991. She, upon examining me, did not do a regular treatment, but made the diagnosis of a pinched nerve in my lower lumbar. I kept ice packs on my back and leg and as she suggested, called Dr…. Read More

Bonnie Sizemore – Spine Surgery

  • My husband , who is 81 years old, had been suffering for over 40 years with lower back pain. He has been on some type of pain medication ever since. He had been receiving injections for pain management over the past 10 years. It reached the point where the injections were no longer effective in controlling the pain. He finally reached the point where he could no longer endure the pain and we made an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. Dr. Carlson said he could fix the problem and we set up a… Read More

Eugene Gale – Multi-level Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • I was unaware of impending back issues when I awoke one morning in July 2010 unable to stand up straight. I had always been apprehensive about back surgery in general, but after listening to Dr. Jeffery Carlson I was reassured that microdiskectomy was the way to end the pain from my herniated disc. He was right. When I woke up from surgery I immediately felt immense relief. After 5-6 weeks I had fully recovered with no residual ill effects. I feel that everyone at OSC played their part in… Read More

Maureen Hutchens – Spine Surgery

  • I had neck surgery performed (by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson) on July 11th of this year (2016). It’s only been 5 weeks since then and I feel great. There Is absolutely NO PAIN and I have complete range of motion. I actually don’t feel like I ever had neck surgery. He is definitely GOOD at what he does!!! James A. Randall,… Read More

James A. Randall, III – Cervical Spine Fusion

  • Dear Dr. Carlson, Thank you so much for the lovely plant.  Even more so, thank you for fixing my back so I want to get up and live again. On June 26, 2015, I visited a chiropractor.  The next morning, I was unable to get out of bed by myself.  It continued to get worse.  I came to you because I was told you were great with backs. After several shots, I elected to go with the surgery.  I was operated on 9-8-2015.  By the middle of September, I decided you must have angel wings on… Read More

Gwen Allen, Spine Surgery

  • I’ll make this short and to the point. My name is Graffie B. Edler Jr. I had been having minor lower back problems for years but dismissed it as sciatica. As the years went on, my occasional numbness turned to pain. Eventually, my pain got to the point I couldn’t dismiss it any longer. I decided to seek a chiropractor which helped very little but did reveal my problems were more than sciatica. I had my chiropractor refer me to a neurologist because the spinal pain was getting… Read More

Graffie B. Edler, Jr. – Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery

  • I had a Kyphoplasty procedure on 4-18-18 at OSC. My physician was Dr. Mark McFarland. He was very informative and spent time explaining the procedure to me. I was very satisfied with him and his staff, especially Stacy, Mary and Zach. I will review the results in a couple of weeks. Thanks so much! Susan T…. Read More

Susan Long – Kyphoplasty for Vertebral Compression Fracture

  • My next step was back surgery, which I dreaded, but it had to be done. I didn’t want to wait too long, in case it caused more damage to my back . I went to see Dr. Jeffrey Carlson for a consultation to check out my options. After talking to Dr. Carlson, it was a go and plans were made for a Lumbar Decompression and Fusion of the L-3 thru L-5. I felt very comfortable around Dr. Carlson and knew he was the one I wanted for surgery. I looked on the internet for an animated video of my type of… Read More

Ben Poter – Multi-Level Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery

  • When I was referred to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at OSC for evaluation of severe pain in my lower back, I doubted that the affliction, which occurred while playing soccer in 1960, would be corrected successfully.  Besides gathering the information about Dr. Carlson’s very impressive qualifications, which attest to his exceptional skills in addressing “back problems”, my first impression and personal evaluation of him and his staff was that of competence.  I was assured that I was in very good… Read More

Salvador Rodriguez – Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • I was having so much lower back pain, to where I was limit to little or no activities. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson did a Lumbar Fusion surgery on my back on May 23rd, 2016. It was the best decision I ever made, because now I can sit up straight, I can walk straight.  I want to Thank Dr. Carlson so much for doing the surgery, it changed my life. I would highly recommend Dr. Jeffrey Carlson to anyone with back problem. Dr. Carlson cares about his patients, their recovery and Dr. Carlson and staff will… Read More

Denise Owens – Lumbar Fusion Surgery

  • Hello!  My name is Cynthia Hayes and my physician’s name is Jeffrey R. Carlson, of the Orthopaedic & Spine Center (OSC). Here is a little bit of information on how I ended up there: Back in the winter months of 2015, I developed pain down my right arm, from the shoulder and down to my hand.  The pain was so severe that it caused me to awaken just about every night or should I say, early in the AM.  It seemed no matter how I tried to get rid of it, it just continued to get… Read More

Cynthia Hayes – Cervical Spine Fusion

  • I have been extremely pleased with the care I received from Dr. Carlson including before, during, and after my surgery. I found him to be compassionate, knowledgeable, and professional during all of my visits with him. If I need any ortho care in the future, I will be certain to ask for him first! I recovered from my surgery with hardly any pain or discomfort, despite being prepared for lots of pain and a long recuperation! Being a retired RN, imagine my surprise when I was able to get up and… Read More

Kathryn Carden – Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Carlson is my hero! He has performed two surgeries on me. The first was to repair a bad surgery from another doctor for a herniated discs in my lower back. I could barely walk before the surgery. And I had suffered with back pain for over 20 years. Within two weeks of the surgery (with Dr. Carlson) all pain was gone and I was walking like nothing ever happened! To this day, I don’t have back pain and that was five years ago! My second surgery was for a disc problem in my neck causing… Read More

W. T. Guthrie – Spine Surgery

  • Hello, let me introduce myself. I am a 64 year old woman, who has suffered with a bad, bad back for almost fifty years, since I fell down icy steps, selling tickets for my home church, up in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. At the time, I was rushed by ambulance over eighty miles to a very large study facility, because I had limited use in my legs and was in severe pain. After extensive therapy and years of wearing a back brace, I still used a cane to help with maneuverability. However, I lived… Read More

Shirley Christian – Spine Surgery

  • I met with Dr. Carlson and his assistant, Tonia. He looked over my MRI, talked with me, did his exam and told me what I needed. I had surgery. He never sugarcoated what would happen during recovery. I have some pain, but I’m praying, resting, and taking my medication. I am getting a lot of help from my family and starting to heal. I would recommend Dr Carlson to anyone. His bedside manner is “we’re gonna take care of you”. And he did! Thank you, Dr. Carlson. I also want to thank his… Read More

Tracy White – Spine Surgery

  • Attended physical therapy for lower back pain and realignment of hips. During the process I was encouraged by the care shown to me to remedy physical conditions through strengthening and corrective measures. There were several team members Dr. Jamie Swale, Victoria, Heather, Fred, Maria and Tom who assisted me and their instruction, patience, and encouragement to go further in the therapy aided in my recovery. It can take a village and this group of professionals gets it done. Also kudos to… Read More

Charlene Farquharson – Physical Therapy for Back Pain

  • My experience at OSC with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson has just been amazing. In August 2017, I had a MRI in the open MRI at OSC.  The MRI showed degenerative disc disease, severe spinal stenosis, bulging disc, and spurs on each side of spinal canal, involving levels L2 through S1. My back didn\’t hurt, but my right leg felt tight and standing straight was uncomfortable. I met with Dr. Carlson in September 2017. Dr. Carlson told me I needed surgery, but suggested a steroid  injection to see if… Read More

Linda Vernell Bateman – Multi-level Spine Lumbar Fusion Surgery

  • I had chronic back pain due to a herniated disk for 16 years due to an injury as a teen. Fortunately, for the longest time, I was able to manage the pain with physical therapy and chiropractic care. I live a very active lifestyle that includes distance running, golf, boxing, weightlifting and playing with my two energy-filled Australian Shepherd dogs. In early 2018, the pain that I had felt time and time again was suddenly much worse. I attempted the forms of treatment that had previously… Read More

Kyle Haymes – Multi-level Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • My name is Bruce Liles and I am 59 years old. I have lived and worked in Newport News, VA since the early 70’s. I have always been very active. I work out at the gym several times a week and our family goes on active vacations, including snow skiing, camping, hiking and white-water rafting. I played sports in High School and I am a former casual runner and enjoy an occasional round of golf. My wife and I also enjoy working in the yard and flower beds. A few years ago, I began to experience… Read More

Bruce Liles – Spine Surgery

  • I have been living in excruciating pain and torment for years. I have also visited the top docs in the country (Philadelphia Eagles Spine Surgeon, Johns Hopkins and many more). They all agreed that my spine was a mess, but some thought that surgery wouldn’t help in the pain I was describing to them. They also differed on when I needed the surgery and how much to fix. I had recently heard of a local surgeon who had done amazing things and had also first-hand friends describe their experience… Read More

John Asby – Multi-level Cervical Spine Fusion & Laminectomy

  • Thirteen epidurals, pain medication, dry needling, physical therapy… thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, these are in my past. After my fusion surgery, I am free of pain, my range of motion has returned, and my outlook towards future gains on the golf course has been revived. How many times did I hear, “You have the best,” when mentioning my surgery. Who? My pain specialist (who sent his son to Dr. Carlson for shoulder repair). Golfers I met on the course. Even the surgical nurses in pre-op… Read More

Frank Hunyady – Lumbar Spine Fusion

  • My name is Nancy Pereira. I am a 71 year-old woman that has suffered with back pain for more years than I can count. Years ago, I was told that if I didn’t keep my weight down and stay active, I would probably end up in a wheel chair. The years after didn’t get any better… I had to have epidurals on and off for many years just to deal with the pain. I was told my back was really bad by many doctors…I got so bad that I was sent to pain management with Dr. Andrus, who is an excellent… Read More

Nancy Pereira – Spine Surgery

  • DR. CARLSON, It has been over a year now since my back surgery, and as of this date, I’m doing fine. Thanks to you and God. God for his blessings upon me and you for your experience in surgery along with your caring nature. I will never forget the first day after the operation, I received flowers from you and staff. The office was wonderful. Thanks and I wish you all best in the future. Clarence… Read More

Clarence Marshall – Spinal Surgery

  • On 12/6/17, I started to get sharp pains in my right leg.  I saw my PCP on 4 visits over the next week and was told I had a swollen muscle in my back that was causing leg pain.  I received 4 medications from my PCP with no improvements. On 12/15/17, I saw my PCP again and was told if my condition didn’t get better to come back the beginning of next year to get an MRI. That same day, 12/15/17, I went to the chiropractor and was told I had a swollen muscle that was pinching the nerve running… Read More

Brian Brisson – Lumbar Microdiscectomy Surgery

  • For years, I have heard horror stories about failed spinal fusions and how some patients were never able to walk again after the procedure, so I was very hesitant to agree to any type of spinal surgery. However, I had cervical fusion, performed by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson several years ago, which was a total success and with no complications or symptoms since that time. After spinal x-rays and a subsequent MRI confirmed significant narrowing of the lower spinal canal which was causing significant… Read More

Anonymous – Cervical & Multi-level Lumbar Fusions

  • I am Terrie Dustin, a 63 year old woman, who first contacted Dr. Carlson in 2014 with intense low back pain and intermittent numbness from the waist down. At the time, I was the sole caregiver for my 94 year old mother who had ALZ and I was becoming less and less able to care for her. The spasms in my back were unpredictable as to their severity and duration, so it created an unsafe condition for both my mother and myself. Dr. Carlson met with me and was very honest and open about my… Read More

Teresa Dustin – Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • I had my final exam by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson today after lumbar Fusion surgery 12/30/15, the best decision I had made! The surgery gave me my life back after 20 years of pain and misery! Dr. Carlson is the greatest! I recommend him to everyone I meet. Dianne Jewett

Dianne Jewett – Lumbar Fusion Surgery

  • (Photo of Dr. Jeffrey Carlson in the OR) I am an active volunteer, kayaker, and skier. A year and a half ago, I was having serious hip pain and nightly leg cramps, sometime lasting for more than an hour. My first x-ray identified a ruptured spinal disc. The recommendation for me was to go to rehab or a chiropractor, but things did not improve. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson came recommended to me. After several visits with him, it became obvious that surgery was the answer. On January 2nd, I had 10… Read More

John Thomas – Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • I had lumbar fusion surgery back in 2012, in another location with another surgeon. When back pain came back in 2015, I sought additional treatment at OSC. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson was extremely helpful and sympathetic, and he thoroughly explained all the options. I elected to have an extension of the fusion and this was performed 1/09/17. The surgery went well and my recovery was smooth. At the beginning, I had pain from the surgery, but after that healed, everything was fine.  I feel so… Read More

Susan Willhauck – Lumbar Fusion Surgery

  • I would like like to thank Orthopaedic & Spine Center for providing outstanding service. I reached out to Shannon Woods (from out-of-state) with many questions about a potential surgery. Despite not being a current patient, Shannon and Dr. Jeffrey Carlson showed compassion and took the time to answer my questions. Based on I my experience I would highly recommend OSC. Dennis… Read More

Dennis Bolton – Questions about Spine Surgery

  • I am so thankful for Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and his team at OSC. I had a previous back surgery on the L4/L5 region (lower back) with screws and had discomfort from the start. When asking the doctor about it he said “if your not in pain don’t worry about it”.  I put up with the discomfort, the clunking feeling when turning from side-to-side until I started getting sharp pains in my hip area. When I went back to my doctor, he decided I just needed physical therapy and steroid shots. I did that… Read More

Helen Beebe – Spine Surgery to Fix a Previous Spine Surgery

  • Gail injured her shoulder while working out. She found relief through surgery with Dr. Martin Coleman at Orthopaedic and Spine Center. https://youtu.be/nA8VvlZvZNE

Gail Kent – Rotator Cuff Repair

  • I am a physically fit, 61 year old female and I had been dealing with sciatica for 4 years. It started with a pain in my left calf. I tried massage therapy, TENS unit, and physical therapy. My GP referred me to OSC. I chose Dr. Jeffrey Carlson because I have several neighbors who had successful back surgery performed by Dr. Carlson. During my first visit, back x-rays were taken right in his office. The next step was an MRI, which could have been done at the OSC, but due to a 10 day insurance… Read More

Janet Sandeen – Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • My story started over 5 years ago, when I fell on ice and injured my lower back. I went to my PCP, who referred me to many different specialists. After X -Rays, MRIs and many other tests, I was offered no pain management. During this time my left leg was in severe pain and eventually went numb resulting in atrophy. As time, passed I felt hopeless and believed that was how the rest of my life was going to be. One day a customer told me about OSC and Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. It ended up being the… Read More

Charlie Wood – Lumbar Microdiscectomy

  • I am a believer in Orthopaedic and Spine Center and I am a believer in Dr. Jeffrey Carlson! I have struggled on and off with back pain since 2008, but starting in January of this year, moderate to severe pain became an everyday occurrence. My quality of life was severely impacted. After going through the usual, less intrusive steps, I had spinal decompression and fusion. Today, I am virtually PAIN FREE! Almost 3 months after surgery, I have slowly been getting my summer back! I have been… Read More

Reid Lundie – Spinal Fusion

  • I had an MRI on my back in 2019. It showed I had some problems and I felt I would likely need back surgery at some future date. I met with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson in early 2020 to see if it was time for back surgery. At that time, I was having more pain in my knee than in the back. He recommended a hip replacement. That turned out to be good advice and Dr. Boyd Haynes did a very successful hip surgery. On July 4, 2021, I developed severe pain in my back and the back of my legs. I met with Dr…. Read More

William Johnson – Lumbar Spinal Fusion

  • When you hear about back problems and having to have Lumbar Fusion surgery, of course, fear takes over and many questions arise. My family doctor referred me to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson to take care of my problem. My first meeting with Dr. Carlson was very reassuring. I felt at ease. It was as if God had given His approval and I have truly been blessed by Dr. Carlson and his staff. They were always on top of any problem that arose. I believe that the Lord has ordered Dr. Carlson’s life to be His… Read More

Emma Riddick – Lumbar Spine Fusion

  • Dear Dr. Carlson, I want to thank you so much for the excellent care you and your staff has given my family. You have been such a blessing to us, and we want to share our appreciation in hopes that our experiences may be comforting and a confirmation to others who are making decisions regarding their health. Thanks to Orthopaedic & Spine Center, my left shoulder now feels as good as new. We first met you when you cared for our son after a traumatic fall at his summer job on July… Read More

Jan Holloman – Spine Surgery

  • Dear Dr. Carlson, I want to thank you for relieving my back pain several years ago. I had a bad back for years. Two other doctors operated on me, but told me they didn’t know what to do about my upper spine. My regular doctor made an appointment with you. You took x-rays and an MRI and said my spine was closing up and needed surgery. You operated and put in two rods and ten pins to open my spine. What a blessing! That was several years ago and I haven’t been bothered by it since. I… Read More

Frances Greene – Spinal Stenosis Surgery

  • My initial phase of treatment was for back pain in 2013 with Dr. Mark McFarland. He didn’t jump right in with the knife, but did the best they could with what they had. This year, I saw Dr. Raj Sureja and Monica Beckett – NP,  while I awaited a multi-level fusion with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. The care, treatment and overall professionalism of the entire staff was exceptional and exceeded my expectations at every level both pre- and post-op. With social media presence and with both good and bad… Read More

Robert Carpenter – Multi-level Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • In 2007, I was having pain in my legs. It was interfering with my favorite pastime, tennis. Liking the atmosphere of the practice, having been treated satisfactorily by Dr. Haynes earlier, I sought out a spine specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. Upon being evaluated, x-rayed, trying anti-inflammatory meds, etc. it was determined that my back and knees were showing bone deterioration and arthritis. Taking care of the knees seemed to take priority. In 2007, when I was 68 years old, and 2010, I had… Read More

Nancy Sandford – Knee Replacements & Spine Surgery

  • Physician: Dr. Jeffrey Carlson I would like to thank Dr. Carlson for saving my husband’s life. An unrelated MRI, that was completed at my husband’s job, showed that my husband had a bone spur pressing against his spinal cord right at the base of his brain. As we looked at the MRI and Dr. Carlson explained the seriousness of the problem, he did so in a way that assured us that everything was going to be just fine. Since we did not come to the office expecting to hear that my husband needed… Read More

Craig Warren – Spine Surgery

  • In June 2015, I first saw Dr. McFarland for severe back pain. After physical therapy and epidural shots, it was was decided that surgery was my option. Dr. McFarland told me exactly what to expect with my spinal fusion. Dr. McFarland saw me and my family after surgery and assured us all of how the surgery went. Dr. McFarland and Erin gave exceptional care and assurance. Nine months later, I\’m a new person. No more pain. Thank you so much for giving me my life back. I would recommend Dr…. Read More

Nikki Kuhn – Spine Fusion Surgery

  • I have been waiting to write this testimonial until the very end of the recovery process. My wife has always had minor back pain, sometimes it was worse the others, but she always managed to deal with it. Usually, she went to her chiropractor and, after a visit or two, the pain went away, or at least she didn’t mention the problem. Early in July of 2021, she began to complain about her back again and decided to try the chiropractor like she had always done in the past. Also, she tried doing… Read More

Brenda Botsford – Multi-Level Lumbar Fusion

  • I am currently a very healthy and still somewhat athletic seventy-two year old male. All my life, from high school until today, I have been physically active in some kind of sport or work out type exercising. In the past I have played football, wrestling, baseball, and long distance running. I have been a utility lineman, which requires extreme lower and upper body strength to climb poles. I was, before spinal issues, and currently am, a barbell strength lifter, which basically entails… Read More

John Johnson – Lumbar Fusion Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

  • It’s been almost a year since I had spinal fusion surgery. Prior to the surgery, I had been in significant pain when standing or walking for about 9 months. Today, I am pain free. Dr. Carlson and his staff were amazing, as were the folks who cared for me during physical therapy. One of my brothers had spinal fusion surgery many years ago and I remembered tears coming down his face when we drove him home. I was in little to no pain when my wife drove me home the day of surgery and walked up… Read More

Tom Zwerner – Spinal Fusion Surgery

  • I had been experiencing sciatic nerve pain in my left leg for over 4 months. I had tried all types of treatment to diminish or eliminate the pain, to include a chiropractor, physical therapy and finally, an neurosurgeon at another facility other than OSC. To my great disappointment, the neurosurgeon briefly looked at my MRI, made a few cursory remarks and said “try oral steroids and if that doesn’t work, get a steroid injection”. I did as instructed but without success. I had no follow-up… Read More

Erven S. Tyler – Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Carlson and his team fused 8 vertebrae just over a year ago. I had become increasingly disabled by pain associated with scoliosis, stenosis and degenerative disc disease. Today, as Dr. Carlson promised, I am be able to do just about anything I wanted to do. There are some limitations, but I am no longer in pain, not even taking Tylenol ! I thank God for Dr. Carlson, who gave me realistic expectations and hope to believe for improved quality of life. Just ask my family. If you are facing… Read More

Pam Thornton – Multi-level spinal fusion surgery

  • I thank Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and his staff for the work that was done on me: (a) I could not stand for 3 minutes/now I can stand for 30 minutes (b) walking with my back bent/ walking now straight up (c) again, thank you for the quick repair to my back (d) I have told others about the great work you can do. John… Read More

John Young – Multi-level Lumbar Fusion

  • I just want to say that my lower back was in bad shape. and I was in a lot of pain ,then I went to see Dr. McFarland and he took one look at my MRI and said he could fix that and I would not have anymore pain. After waking up from major lower back surgery, I had no more pain and was back to normal in six months. Dr. McFarland is the best at what he does and you should feel blessed to have him for your doctor. William… Read More

William Benton – Spine Surgery

  • In August 2016, I had cervical spine fusion. I was afraid to have the surgery. I attended a lecture in July 2016 that Dr. Carlson gave on “Managing Neck, Back, and Limb Pain: Treatments from Disc Replacements to Fusion.” Dr. Carlson answered a lot of questions about fusion in a way that I could understand. I had the surgery and it was better than I expected. Very little pain, and I was amazed at how fast I felt better and could get up and around. Thank you, Dr. Carlson! Helen… Read More

Helen Nichols – Cervical Spine Fusion Surgery

  •   I TRAVELED ALL THE WAY FROM FLORIDA TO SEE DR. JEFFREY CARLSON. I am a 23 year old, active female who enjoys going to the gym several times a week. I began having lower back pain in November of 2017. I had already gone through back surgery for a herniated disc at L4-L5 when I was 17 (also done by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson), so as soon as I felt the slightest twinge in my back, I made sure to rest and try to allow my back to recover. For 2 months, I refrained from any intense work outs,… Read More

Ileana Geary – Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery

  • I had been suffering badly for months! The pain in my left buttock, left hamstring, behind my left knee and in my left heel/arch were close to debilitating and nearly constant. There were a few moments when the pain was so intense and/or the odd tingling in my left leg were so bad that I came near to a feeling of helpless panic. If it weren’t for my faith, I would have easily hit a deep, deep despair. Life was pretty bad because of my sciatic nerve pain. Luckily, DR Carlson was my… Read More

Jeffery Stone – Spine Surgery

  • In the spring of 2019, I noticed muscle mass disappearing in my lower left leg and loss of strength. After going to my PCM, which happens to be the US Navy since I am retired military, I got a referral out of the USN system to see a Spine Surgeon. I picked OSC, even though it is a long drive and traffic is terrible getting there from Va Beach. Boy, am I glad I did. Got an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson within a week of contacting them, when I contacted some Docs here in Va Beach, I was… Read More

John De Mille – Spine and Knee Procedures

  • This endorsement is a long time in coming as I am one who does not give an endorsement lightly… In the spring of 2016, I started to suffer pain in my right leg, specifically the thigh and calf. It seemed to be little more than a sprain or strain, but it got worse. The pain got so bad, I could not walk, stand, or sit. I just fell to the floor in agony. My Primary Care Provider tried muscle relaxers and pain meds and recommended physical therapy. Although all helped, none solved the… Read More

Bruce Jensky – Spinal Cyst Removal and Lumbar Fusion Surgery

  • Coming from a long line of men who made their living on the water – his father was captain of a fishing trawler – Herman “Skip” Gibbs first injured his neck more than forty years ago when he dove into shallow water as a teenager. He went to the doctor after the accident and got muscle relaxers, he remembers, but because he grew up in a family where men weren’t supposed to be weak, he didn’t complain much when the pain didn’t resolve. “It wasn’t uncommon to just accept… Read More

Herman Gibbs – Spine Surgery

  • This is a follow-up to my October 8, 2018, Spinal Fusion surgery. It is now four months since my fusion. I was cleared by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson in mid January to go about my business, with no limitations. Frankly, I am amazed at how good my back is feeling. Prior to surgery, I was convinced that I had moderate arthritis up and down my spine, because if I did any exercise, my spine felt like an over-done piece of steak afterwards and ached for the next couple of days. I could not stand still for… Read More

Mark Anderson – Spinal Fusion Surgery

  • I have the highest regards for O.S.C., Dr. Sureja and Dr. McFarland. They have taken extreme care in seeing to my well-being, the latest, the installation of a spinal stimulator, which in the testing stage, was a godsend.

David Wooten – Spinal Cord Stimulator for Chronic Pain

  • I am 70 years old and with all the insurance changes, it was very stressful to try to figure out the who and why and where that I had coverage. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson helped me with this and then we got started on the when and why of what I needed.  It was very scary, as I do not do sick, except for Breast Cancer in 1996. Dr. Carlson ordered a painless MRI of my LUMBAR SPINE.  Then, when he knew what had to be done, he set me up for outpatient surgery at Mary Immaculate Hospital on 1/24/2018…. Read More

Linda Rogers – Lumbar Spine Surgery

  • The surgery that Dr. Jeffrey Carlson did for me was Great. I was suffering, on a scale of 10 being the worst pain, a 10. It was getting worse daily. Dr Carlson said I had vertebrae that were pinching nerves. He also said he could fix it. The pain is completely gone.  I also do not have to take any pain meds.  If you need a real Orthopedic Doctor, go and see Dr. Carlson. Dennis… Read More

Dennis Parks – Spine Surgery

  • On Jan. 11th, 2016, I received nothing short of a “MIRACLE” surgery by the truly talented, skilled and “BLESSED” mind and hands of Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson… the Orthopaedic & Spine Center staff and Dr. Carlson’s entire team! I had no idea that this major lower back surgery would change my life so much! I “TRULY” wish I could have met this Dr. decades ago! After almost 25 years of only being able to walk from room to room with a cane, or out to the car and having to spend the… Read More

Douglas Dail – Spine Surgery

  • I began having major pain in my right shoulder blade area while traveling in the fall of 2016. Once home, I saw my primary care physician who immediately ordered x-rays that revealed severe arthritis of the right side of my neck. Planning to manage arthritis for the rest of my life and refusing to use pain medications, I started physical therapy and began a regime of neck and shoulder exercises to keep my neck loosened up. The pain was manageable and life continued. In early 2018, however, I… Read More

Donna Leslie – Multi-level Cervical Spine Surgery

  • Even though the office is 1 1/2 hours from me, I wouldn’t trade offices for a million dollars. I can call and have my answers immediately and an appointment within a day or two. I highly recommend Dr. Jeffrey Carlson to anyone with the slightest back problem. Jeannie Marie Jones  

Jeannie Marie Jones – Back Pain Treatment

  • About a year ago, I went to Dr. McFarland’s office for the first time. I was suffering from pain in the back, legs, and feet. My regular doctor referred me to him because he thought I was suffering from sciatica nerve. Dr. McFarland told me that I had spinal stenosis. I had three choices: 1. Physical Therapy 2. Pain meds 3. Surgery He did not rush me to make a decision. He let me do what I want instead of pushing me into something I was afraid of (which was surgery). I tried the first 2… Read More

Pamela Ausborn – Spine Surgery

  • I had lower lumbar spinal fusion for a degenerative disk issue. My surgery went well and I was happy to go home the same day, even walking out by myself with a walker. I was skeptical at first to go home, because of what I kept reading online about recovery. I was home and comfortable with my family. I prepared myself for a comfortable way to sleep and sit before the surgery and had everything ready at home. I kept up with my pain medicine as they said for the first couple of days and it didn’t… Read More

Tanya Taskey – Lumbar Spine Fusion

  • Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon This is the first of two, yes, two, testimonials I wish to write for Dr. Jeffrey Carlson of Orthopaedic & Spine Center. Dr. Carlson has twice performed surgery on me for two unrelated ailments, so you could say I’m a return customer. My name is Clay Schreiber. I’m a reasonably fit, 58 year old male, originally from Newport News and now living in Williamsburg. In… Read More

Clay Schreiber – Lumbar Fusion

  • Physician – Dr. Carlson Last Christmas (2012) I could walk our two Yorkshire Terriers only a few minutes before the neuropathy in both legs caused me to stop. My lower back had been sore for several years. A series of epidurals hadn’t helped. My wife encouraged me to see Dr. Carlson as he had treated her for a neck problem, and the rest is history. A MRI showed the extent of my problem and we determined surgery was necessary. In February 2013, Dr. Carlson performed a Lumbar Fusion and… Read More

Harry E. Waters – Spine Surgery

  • My name is Stephen Hyde. I am 66. I live in Newark, Delaware in the summer and Sarasota Florida in the winter.. I herniated a disk that was causing weakness in my left leg and a drop foot. After consulting doctors over 2 1/2 years that said that they could not help me, my friends Dr. Marty and Vicki Coleman convinced me to see Dr. Carlson. He convinced me that he could help me walk normally pain free and eliminate the drop foot. On 2/11/15, he operated on me for 40 minutes. I could walk… Read More

Stephen Hyde – Spine Surgery

  • My name is Elizabeth S. Ambrose. I am 77 years old. I resided in Yorktown, VA until March, 2014, and now live in Simpsonville, SC. My physicians at Orthopaedic & Spine Center are Drs. Haynes, Sureja, and McFarland. Dr. Haynes treated me for rotator cuff surgery, which was very successful. Dr. Haynes referred me to Dr. Sureja who treated me with injections for 5 years. Dr. Sureja performed these injections with skill, care, and compassion. When he decided that he had gone as far as he… Read More

Elizabeth S. Ambrose – Spinal Fusion & Rotator Cuff Surgeries, Epidural Spine Injections

  • I had been having back issues for about 15 years. I had been getting various treatments for primarily severe pain associated with muscle spasms, which was caused by spinal bone movement. Injections worked to lessen the occurrences, but I still was concerned about the painful episodes happening. Basically, it was affecting my Quality of Life. I had two MRI’s over a 14 month period and the images really helped to show the degradation of my condition over time and solidified my choice to go… Read More

Jim Obrien – Multi-level Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • My first encounter with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, a little more than a year ago, was to try and find relief for unrelenting low back pain. A previous primary provider had suggested that there was nothing wrong with me. On the first visit, Dr. Carlson did X-ray’s and confirmed that the only thing he could do for me was surgery to fix my problems with my Lumbar 1-5, and Sacral spine . He set me up for pre-op tests,  told me why I needed the surgery and allowed for my questions. It was a lot of… Read More

Karen Hershberger – Multi-level Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • I was having trouble walking and felt that I could not continue walking without resting first. I made an appointment with OSC and was referred to Dr. Carlson. After an MRI, l was made aware that the lumbar region of my back was shot. I am 66 years old and was informed I needed a lumbar fusion to correct the situation. After one round of shots, which were not helping, I decided to have the surgery after researching Dr. Carlson\’s credentials. Dr Carlson was very professional in all my… Read More

Paul Heaton – Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • Years of abusing my back finally caught up with me in 2013. I had back pain for 15 years and had been receiving treatment from Dr. Jeffery Carlson that allowed me to manage it. In 2014, it became much worse. Dr. Carlson was very thorough and was willing to try any and all treatments that would keep me from having to have surgery. I had been given several cortisone shots, but the last one had no effect whatsoever. I tried repeated physical therapy sessions which would provide temporary relief,… Read More

Mike Clevenger – Spine Surgery

  • I am a 73-year-old retired R.N. who has experienced my share of heavy lifting. Until this past year, I was able to cope with the hip and leg pain I was having, but now it was intolerable. I could walk only short distances and stand for only brief periods. Consequently, I carried a campstool with me so that I might sit as needed. Not receiving any medical support to deal with the problem, I began to look elsewhere. In the early Fall, I saw an article featuring Dr. Jeffery Carlson speaking about… Read More

Nancy Carney – Spine Surgery

  • I am a 60 year old woman, widowed in January of 2011. In May 2008, I had surgery to repair a ruptured disc at L4-L5. I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and needed to have a rod with screws and a cage inserted in my back to keep it stable while the bone fusion was taking place. It was a long recuperation and a painful one. It took about three weeks to be able to sit upright in the bed, without pain upon doing so. I had to wear my back brace whenever out of the bed, lasting for 3 months. I… Read More

Cynthia M. Davis – Spine Surgery

  • Hello there everyone, my name is Ms. In Suk Bolton from Hampton, Virginia. My physician’s name is Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, Va. The reason that I went to see him was because, for over 5+ years, I have been battling and dealing with really bad Sciatic Nerve Pain, which was the result of having no bone cartilage in between my 4 lower lumbar discs in the spinal column. As a result, the spinal cord was being pressed and rubbed… Read More

In Suk Bolton – Multi-level Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery

  • I was dealing with hip pain for 7 years and had an MRI of my hip and back more than once. I went to 3 different doctors and had no problems they could identify. One doctor suggested that removing the hip bursa might correct the hip pain. I had this done, but it did not help with the pain. I could only walk for a city block before the pain would set in. I could sit and rest for 2 minutes and walk another block. Standing for any length of time was also difficult, and the pain would set right in… Read More

Dave Eilers – Spine Surgery

  • I am a 49 year old from Williamsburg, VA. I am very active and my exercise routine includes long distance running, biking and cross training. Three years ago, I started having neck issues that eventually caused numbness in my fingers, shooting pain in my neck and stiffness so bad I couldn\’t turn my head from side to side. After exhausting all my options, including Physical Therapy, chiropractic care, dry needling and massage, I went to see Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. An MRI showed I had… Read More

Laura Barrow – Multi-level Cervical Spine Fusion Surgery

  • On December 21, 2016,  I had a decompression/fusion surgery done on L4 & 5, S1 by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at Mary Immaculate Hospital.  I never felt any pain, the whole team was 1st class,  including the staff that comes to your house for a few weeks and the rehab folks  (Personal Touch Home Care and Physical Therapy). I started walking within a few weeks and go do a couple mile walk with my dogs any time. Once in a great while, I can feel a minute amount of pain in my back, but most… Read More

Brian Wilson – Lumbar Fusion Surgery

  • Hello, my name is Norma Lemley and I am 73 years old. In the summer of 2016, I started having leg discomfort and pain, starting at the hip going all the way to my right foot.   I then started having the same pain getting up and out of bed every morning and having cramps in my leg.  It felt as if it wasn\’t going to carry my weight, but after about 20 or 30 steps the cramps would release. I went to my family doctor and she ordered an MRI, which showed degenerative disc disease, a bulging… Read More

Norma Lemley – Spinal Surgery for Bulging Disc and Spinal Stenosis

  • My name is Andrea Luke.  I am a mother of two and a registered nurse.  I injured my back at the age of 32 when lifting a patient at work.  I spent many years in pain. My injury resulted in five spine surgeries, many tests and countless procedures.  My last surgery was a four level fusion that stopped any further deterioration, but left me with chronic pain.  I became unable to work as a nurse.  Everyday tasks were difficult and I missed out on many activities with my children.  In… Read More

Andrea Luke – Spinal Cord Stimulation for Pain

  • Kudos to Dr. Carlson of the Ortho & Spine Center in Newport News, Va. For MANY years I suffered with pain shooting down my right leg. The chiropractor and many injections were just temporary fixes. My husband’s insurance company changed, which allowed me to go wherever I wanted to go for treatment. At the recommendation of an acquaintance, I decided to go see Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. After telling him about my long term problems, he ordered an MRI. When that came back, he told me that I… Read More

Cynthia Hockaday – Multi-level Lumbar Spine Fusion

  • After my knee surgery, I started having lower back pain ,which I have experienced in the past. So, again I went to see Dr. Snyder, still in 2013 , and after x-rays and an MRI, it was determined I had Spinal Stenosis, Spondylosis and Sciatica. I have had pinched nerve pain, but it was many years before this diagnosis. I didn’t want to go thru back surgery unless I had to, so my next step was to see Dr. Jenny Andrus to receive Epidurals on each side of my spine in the L-3 and L-4 area. I went… Read More

Ben Poter – Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections

  • I was diagnosed with needing an anterior cervical fusion-level 1…Once I met with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, it was determined that surgery was necessary. When I looked into what the surgery would entail, I was extremely nervous about the procedure, being my first surgery ever. I was warned that Dr. Carlson would go in from the front, move my esophagus, and go straight back to the disc in my neck. When I arrived at Mary Immaculate Hospital, they took me in right away and started pre-op. Dr…. Read More

David Kruger – Cervical Spine Fusion Surgery

  • I am a 65-year old male who suffered from progressive, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis for many years. My doctors prescribed various types of pain medications, physical therapy, and injections to control my symptoms, until I developed sciatic nerve pain in my hips and legs in December 2017. After reviewing the results of my most recent MRI, the pain management specialist who was treating me recommended I consult with a surgeon to determine if a surgical procedure was necessary to… Read More

Alan Weismann – Multi-level Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • Dr. Carlson has been very professional and confident in all of my surgery and after visits.  I highly recommend OSC to any of my friends dealing with problems. Thank you to all of the staff at OSC. David Heape

David Heape – Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Mark Mcfarland is AWESOME. Dr. McFarland’s bedside manner, and the time he takes to talk and explain items to his patients is fantastic, and his skills as a surgeon are beyond words. Dr. McFarland recently performed Spine Surgery on my lower back and I am currently 3 months post surgery. I cannot express enough my gratitude to Dr. McFarland. I have had total relief from the pain and numbness I had been experiencing, and I am able to accomplish all the physical actions that I had been unable… Read More

Jerry Schrage – Lumbar Spine Surgery

  • I recently had a 2 level, bi-lateral lumbar spinal fusion (L4-L5,L5-S1) performed by Dr. Carlson (April 2015). After 2 unsuccessful surgeries with a different Orthopaedic Surgeon, I was referred to Dr. Carlson. I cannot say enough wonderful things about him and the entire staff at OSC. Dr. Carlson was very thorough in his review of my case and in making his diagnosis and recommendations. After conducting 2 different diagnostic tests to determine the likelihood of a 3rd surgery improving my… Read More

Robert G. Campbell Jr. – Lumbar Spine Fusion

  • I found Dr. Jeffrey Carlson through a referral from a family member. I knew I needed back surgery but I wasn’t happy with my current doctor. With my MRI in hand, I met Dr. Carlson in March of 2020. I was impressed with his thorough explanation of what was happening in my lower back, he showed me on the MRI that I had 3 discs gone and one on the way. He scheduled me for a four-level fusion procedure, then four days before my surgery, the hospital canceled all elective surgery due to the… Read More

Bob Bowman – Multi-level Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery

  • Still Going Strong 13 Years after Successful Back Surgery Around 1982, I injured my lower back while moving heavy furniture. For the next 23 years the same part of my lower back continued to be periodically susceptible to debilitating re-injuries and frequent pain, but I always managed to get back on my feet with the help of anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. Then in the Spring of 2005, I re-injured it yet again, this time much worse than previously. Within a very few… Read More

Spine Surgery for Disc Herniation – W. Anthony Starkey

  • I was referred to OSC, Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, by my mother and father.  My father had to have a full back fusion about 2 years ago and he was referred to Dr. Carlson.  Let me say that at first, I did not listen to my mother, (boy, if I had a dollar for every time I should have listened to her) which was yet again the wrong thing to do. I hate when she is right! My issues started in January of 2017, with what I thought was just a pulled muscle and hip pain.  I was having trouble standing or… Read More

Barbara Talhelm – Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD is highly-skilled and knowledgeable, uses up-to-date and innovative surgery techniques achieving incredible results on healing people with injuries and disorders of the spine. My personal situation required a spinal fusion. I had to take medical leave from my teaching position at Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia, because of the pain I was experiencing. I could not sit, walk or lay down without pain. I am a 58 year old woman; however, I felt like… Read More

Marilyn Forman – Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Boyd Haynes finally made me realize surgery was the only way I would get full use of my right arm again. I had a significant tear in my rotator cuff, and it was very painful to use my arm. After surgery, four weeks out of work, following doctor’s orders, and Physical Therapy, I am well on my way to full use of my arm! Dr. Haynes and his entire team (OSC Physical Therapy) are above and beyond!!… compassionate and encouraging! LIFE IS GOOD!… again! David… Read More

David Deeley – Rotator Cuff Surgery and Physical Therapy

  • When I told my friends that I will be undergoing a spinal fusion surgery, their first question was “where?”  I responded “OSC (Orthopaedic & Spine Center) at 250 Nat Turner BLVD”.  They would say, “Chris, we hope that you have Dr. Jeffrey Carlson as your surgeon. Carlson is more popular than Ferrarius – the Sicilian.” From his direct and focused gaze to his soothing voice, you can tell you are in good hands when Dr. Carlson is your physician. The team of doctors who worked on me did a… Read More

Chris Ozor – Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgery

  • If you’re like me, you read reviews to assist in your decision. Had I done that for my first back surgery, maybe I wouldn’t have had post-surgery problems. However, I didn’t. So, I had complications (L4 & 5) that never healed. In addition, a new problem (L3 & 4) had arisen. I never considered returning to the first doctor (not with OSC). As a matter of a fact, that first experience made me very reluctant to having another back surgery. Pain, however, will make you reconsider. So,… Read More

Robert Thomas – Lumbar Spine Surgery

  • In April of 2018, I began experiencing severe pain in my lower back.  I went to see Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson on 18 May 2018, after having seen another physician, who was more interested in satisfying the needs of the insurance company rather than taking care of my needs as a patient. Dr. Carlson performed a through examination, reviewed my MRI, and assessed that the only treatment/cure for my ruptured disc was surgery.  Dr. Carlson was extremely caring as was evidenced during my initial… Read More

J.A. Faulkner, Jr. – Lumbar Spine Surgery

  • Thank you to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and the whole staff at OSC (Tanya, Kaye, Jim (PT), Zach (PT Tech), to name a few). After a year of medicines, PT, injections and continued pain, I finally had my L2-4 fusion in February. Dr. Carlson followed my spine progress over time and told me, “You will let me know when it’s time.” I found his approach to treatment very refreshing, as many doctors will jump to surgery at the drop of a hat. As a Personal Trainer and the Employee Health & Wellness… Read More

Becky Brown – Lumbar Spine Fusion – Multiple Levels

  • I’ve struggled for a couple of years with lower back pain. After seeking treatment with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, I’ve finally reached a place where my pain is nearly gone. We tried a variety of non-invasive options first. Cortisone shots, x-ray guided epidural shots and of course, physical therapy. I had finally arrived at surgery as the best option. I was hesitant at first. I wasn’t comfortable about surgery on my spine, but I went through with the procedure . Wow, was I nervous for… Read More

Mike Puckett – Conservative Back Pain Treatment & Spine Surgery

  • I went to Dr. Mark McFarland for a back injury I sustained at work. He told me what he thought the cause was and that I should do Physical Therapy before considering surgery or other options. I 100% supported this decision. The Physical Therapists I worked with did an awesome job helping figure out what worked and what didn’t. The facilities and equipment was state of the art. The staff is very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. And the best part is I felt like Dr. Jamie Swale… Read More

Corey Rodriguez – Physical Therapy for Work-Related Back Injury

  • I had my fourth back surgery (previous one was 17 years ago) and have had a remarkable recovery. From the surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Carlson to Dr. Tom Toothaker and his staff at OSC Physical Therapy, everyone I came in contact with was professional, friendly, pleasant, and capable. Thank you all for your personal attention to me and my specific medical needs during this time. I highly recommend this team to anyone searching for the right group of medical professionals. Thank you! Jeff… Read More

Jeff Askew – Spine Surgery

  • Physician – Dr. Carlson I am Susan Evans from Williamsburg, VA. I was 55 years old when I had my spinal decompression and fusion of discs L4 and L5, performed by surgeon Jeffrey Carlson. My recovery has been nothing short of stunning. On March 31, 2011, I fell while out of town. Looking up from the carpet of the corporate conference room wondering how I got there was frightening. I had never fallen like that and had no idea why my left leg and foot suddenly were numb, and my foot no… Read More

Susan Evans – Spine Surgery

  • For about a year and a half I had major pain in my arm and neck (Numbness).  I went to many doctors that my general physician sent me to. Finally, after receiving an MRI, they concluded I had a bulging disc. I was sent to a neurosurgeon and he said I would need surgery. I did not really feel comfortable with his explanation and decided to wait. After 6 months, I was in less pain but it was always there.  A random person told me about someone who seen Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. I made an… Read More

Robin Gaita -Spine Surgery for Bulging Disc

  • Dr. Jeffrey Carson performed spine surgery on me in March 20th. This procedure was very blessed. I had a speedy recovery and the healing process has gone very well, for being less than 30 days post-surgery. Dr. Carlson first sent Physical Therapy to my home and I am now at OSC Physical Therapy. My testimonial is that I would recommend him to anyone that\’s having back problems.  Go see Dr. Carson at OSC!  He\’s the best doctor I have experienced. Thank you, Dr. Carlson! Nieta… Read More

Nieta Blount – Multi-Level Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • I suffer from Spinal Stenosis. I have had it now for about 6 years. The pain started in my back, then gradually worked its way into my buttocks, thighs and legs. It was horrible and I had trouble doing anything! I originally saw Dr. Mark McFarland for my problem and he diagnosed Spinal Stenosis. He was wonderful to work with and he told me that I had 3 options: spine surgery, a spinal cord stimulator or to live with the pain. I chose the spinal cord stimulator. I then met with Dr. Jenny… Read More

Barbara Clark – Pain Management for Spinal Stenosis/Spinal Cord Stimulator

  • When someone eliminates your pain and improves your Physical well-being, how can you thank them enough? You can’t, but I’ll try. Thank you Dr. Carlson, for having the skill, expertise and surgical skills that has allowed me to return to daily workouts and Golf. God Bless you. Bob Guadagno

Bob Guadagno – Spine Surgery

  • I was referred to the Orthopaedic & Spine Center (OSC) for my lower back pain. After approximately 10 years of off and on back issues I recently experienced heightened and continuous pain. It was my first experience with OSC and Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. Dr. Carlson reviewed my MRI and x-rays with me and explained the cause and effects of my pain. He explained the options for addressing my issues. After trying the epidural as my first option, it became obvious surgery would be my best option…. Read More

Cecil S. – Spine Surgery & Physical Therapy

  • In August of 2018, I herniated a disk in my back preparing for an impending storm. The pain was excruciating.  When I called OSC, I had no idea what to expect because I had been cared for through the Military system for 30 years. From the moment I spoke to the folks at OSC, I knew I was in good hands. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and the staff there knew I was in serious pain and they all showed such great compassion for me. Dr. Carlson\’s staff helped with pain management until there was a final… Read More

Bryant Clark – Microdiscectomy Surgery for Herniated Disc

  • Physician Name(s) – Dr. Haynes and Dr. Carlson My name is Charlene R. Small (retired teacher). I live in Mathews County, VA. My problem started in June 2012. It was like a “Charlie Horse” in my right leg, just below my knee. Dr. Haynes put me on muscle relaxers and then therapy. I had a MRI which showed a slight tear in one of the lower vertebrae. Things improved and I was released on August 20th. Well on August 23rd, I reached to pick up something and I thought I would never get… Read More

Charlene R. Small – Spine Surgery

  • When I went to see Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, I was in pain from my L4 and L5, causing a bad sciatic nerve issue with pain and numbness in both legs.  I had talked to different people who have had back issues or surgery and everybody’s story was different. In my case, I previously had a lumbar spinal fusion outpatient surgery and was walking with a walker before I left the hospital. I had my Lumbar Fusion surgery on Nov. 15th, 2016. OSC had set-up a home health nurse and a Physical Therapist to… Read More

Edwin Magnus -Lumbar Fusion Surgery

  • I spent years with neck & back pain, misdiagnosing, physical therapy, etc….and not LIVING! I promised my husband on NYE 2018, we would not focus on neck/back pain, but redirect to find answers. WE DID IT!! This MAN was patient (not his virtue), understanding and truly SUPPORTIVE! He was my voice when I didn’t have one, picked me up when I couldn’t stand and fed me when I didn’t want to eat! So eternally grateful to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson! On 9/4/19, Dr. Carlson performed a Lumbar… Read More

Tonya Thomas-Gray – Multi-Level Lumbar Spinal Fusion

  • This past August, I had my second back surgery by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. No matter how many times I visit this facility, the entire staff treats me like I am the only patient there. Dr. Carlson has never rushed me when I had questions and when it came time for the surgery, he made me feel so comfortable about the whole thing. I have bragged on him so much and I can even talk to my boss about him, as he did her surgery as well and she feels the same. When I had my first surgery about… Read More

Brenda Applin – Spine Surgery

  • OSC Physician: Dr. Carlson My name is Dianne Spears. I am originally from Hudson Falls, New York, but have lived in the Tidewater area for over 40 years. During those years, the Orthopaedic and Spine Center (OSC) has been a place I could count on to remedy the damage I did to multiple body parts. For example, Dr. Boyd Haynes has repaired for me two rotator cuff and two meniscus tears. On October 21, 2013, I fainted and fell, hitting my head. The doctors at the Bon Secours Harbour View… Read More

Dianne Spears – Spine Surgery

  • I’ve had low back pain for 20 years. I decided enough is enough and consulted Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. After the MRI, Dr. Carlson explained In great detail what was found. S1, L3, L4, and L5 needed fixing. He performed Spinal Fusion, and my life changed for the better! No more extreme back pain! No more pain shooting down my legs while standing! Thank you, Dr. Carlson. I got my life back! DIANNE… Read More

Dianne Jewett – Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

  • I had two previous neck surgeries, in the past two years, to fuse several disks. I came to Dr. Carlson about a disk in my back and asked if numbness in my arm and dropping things was related. He said no and took some additional x-rays of my neck. He found the problem immediately and said it was something that need to be taken care of sooner rather than later and that the back problem could wait. Needless, to say I was so thrilled that he took the time to have the x-rays done. One of his staff,… Read More

Marie P. Caulford – Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Carlson performed a fusion on 3 vertebrae in in my neck. I suffered from a pinched nerve, which caused pain and numbness throughout my right arm. The pinched nerve was a result of arthritis. After the fusion, I immediately felt relief. I have not experienced any after effects of the surgery. Even though I can see the implant on x-rays, I cannot tell that there is anything different, including my ability to move in any direction. Dr. Carlson did a great job and relieved all my… Read More

Kathleen Mack – Spinal Fusion

  • Hi, my name is Jay (James) Titlow, and I am a patient of Doctor Jeffrey Carlson. I also have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, for almost 20 years. The BEST “fix” to minimize the adverse effects of Parkinson’s to date, is to exercise. Unfortunately the torque and stiffness I often experience in my lower back, is the price I pay to keep my daily gym ritual intact. I have had 2 lumbar fusions with Dr. Carlson. Within a few months of my 1st surgery, the back pain returned… disappointing. Since… Read More

Jay (James) Titlow – Lumbar Fusion Surgeries

  • I came to Dr. Carlson for severe lower back pain after receiving no help or treatment from another physician. My first visit was in September of 2013, just prior to our leaving for a 2 week trip to Ireland. Dr. Carlson not only listened intently to my description of the pain, but offered immediate information and means towards some relief. I was scheduled for an epidural and sent to physical therapy. It was the physical therapy that I did faithfully that literally got me through the 2 week… Read More

Linda Stewart – Spine Surgery

  • I’ve had the sincere pleasure of knowing Dr. Mark McFarland for the past 15 years. In that time, he performed a lumbar microdiscectomy of my L1-L2, a cervical discectomy and disk replacement of my C6-C7, and repaired a torn meniscus in my right knee. In addition, he’s performed several epidural steroid injections and been my general ‘go to’ for all things orthopedic. I’ve experienced nothing but excellent outcomes, and Dr. McFarland has always exceeded my expectations. Back &… Read More

Christopher Davis – Lumbar & Cervical Spine Surgeries, Spine Care & General Orthopaedics

  • I suffered complications (severe numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain) from bulging cervical discs for about three years. During the year before cervical fusion (C6/C7) surgery, I was calling out sick from work, missing family events, and not sleeping well because of the pain and discomfort. I had gone from doing 50 push-ups in one minute to not being able to do a single push-up at all. After several medication trials with my PCP, we found a combination of two that managed the pain (one… Read More

Brian Carlsen – Cervical Spine Fusion

  • I’ve been a patient of Orthopaedic & Spine Center (and the old OSSMS) since the mid 1990’s, starting with Dr. Helmuth Trieshmann (right knee, arthroscopic surgery for torn cartilage), Dr. Robert Snyder (left knee, total replacement), Dr. Raj Sureja (pain management) and most recently, Dr. Jeffrey Carlson ( lower back, lumbar spinal fusions). I had been dealing with sporadic issues with my back since 1975. This year, the frequency, intensity, and duration became intolerable. Surgery… Read More

William R. Gorman – Multi-level Lumbar Spine Fusion

  • Hi, my name is Danny Kennedy. I am a Northrop Grumman employee. If there is anybody out there that is having the kind of terrible back and leg pain that I have been having, I want to let you know there are people that can help you. The people that helped me are Doctor Jeffrey Carlson and his staff from Orthopaedic & Spine Center. On May 31, 2009 I woke up and was not able to stand or walk without having terrible pain down my left leg. This pain was terrible even if I had taken powerful… Read More

Danny Kennedy – Spine Surgery

  • On September 30, 2014, I had Lumbar Fusion Surgery to the Spine by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. Before surgery and after surgery, the treatment and comfort I received at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital was exceptional. Dr. Carlson was very informative about the surgery and recovery in the Hospital and at home. It is now two weeks after surgery. I have no pain no numbness in my back or legs. I should have done this years ago. It is so great to go about my life with no pain and enjoy all the… Read More

Carol Ferrell – Spine – Lumbar Fusion Surgery

  • I had cervical spinal fusion in April of 2017… Dr Carlson was very professional and a calming presence prior to the surgery. My neck and arm pain are gone except for occasional instances when I have some tingling, but I think in time it will recede. I was out of work for two weeks after the surgery. I am now ready to get surgery on my lower back and feel confident that this surgery will go as well as the neck surgery and I will gain mobility back and can return to a more active life. Thank… Read More

Margaret Boone – Cervical Spine Fusion Surgery

  • I am a 69 year old Female. In April of 2014, I weighed 126 lbs. and developed problems with my stomach. I continuously felt sick to my stomach and had severe dry heaves. The only thing that would make my symptoms somewhat subside was to stay in a horizontal position. In May, after many tests, I had an endoscopy which showed I had gastritis and an ulcer. My weight reduced to 120 lbs. Because I currently have nine (9) fused vertebrae from T10 to S1 with two rods and 18 pinnacle screws as a… Read More

Carolyn Taylor – Pain Management

  • I am an active 74-year-old male with good overall health. My first back problem occurred in 1974 when I was 31 years old. I was building a deck and twisted around putting a stairway landing in place. The next thing I knew, I was down on all fours and had to crawl to the front door of the house. An osteopath performed a gentle manipulation treatment that was almost miraculous, and I was almost immediately as good as new. He was to be my savior for many years. Between 1974 and 1999, I had… Read More

Bill Busby – Lumbar Fusion Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

  • I am a 69-year-old retired male in generally good health who, at the time, exhibited no orthopedic deficiencies. My spinal problem began on Christmas Day 2015, when I fainted in my bedroom, suffering a compression fracture of my L5 vertebra. Over the next year, I began experiencing pain in my right hip, initially diagnosed as bursitis. Ultimately, as the pain increased, it was determined that a piece of the L5 was impinging on my sciatic nerve, and that surgical repair was necessary. Dr…. Read More

Robert Anderson – Lumbar Spinal Fusion

  • Physician – Dr. Jeffrey Carlson Hi, my name is Jefferson (Jeff) Hughes and the following is my testimonial regarding the lower-back surgery performed by Dr. Carlson of the Orthopedic & Spine Center (OSC) of Newport News, Virginia, on 11 June 2012. I come from a Military family (father retired from the (USAF), served in the USAF and retired with Disability (DAV) after having severe trauma to both knees; and have been a Peninsula resident for the past 40 years. Currently, I’m a… Read More

Jeff Hughes – Spine Surgery

  • I am a 69 year old male and my name is Harry Szczutkowski. I had to have neck surgery done in which my disc had to be replaced. I have been blessed in a way, that when I needed them, I have found the best doctors in their fields. Dr. Mark McFarland is right up there among the top of the list.  His skills as a surgeon are first class and he has compassion, and is positive and caring.  He is on top of the playing field. I would like to take this time to thank you, Dr. McFarland, and may… Read More

Harry Szczutkowski – Cervical Spine Fusion

  • Bruce Found Lasting Relief from Pain with Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Bruce’s Pain Story: I’ve been in pain for over 20 years, mostly in the lower back. I learned to deal with it because I didn’t want serious spine surgery. After trying many other treatments, Dr. Sureja told me about SCS. I tried it and I’ve never been better. I hiked Mt. Rainer in the summer of 2021 with the help of my stimulator. Bruce’s SCS Experience: When I did the trial, I went for a hike and knew right then and… Read More

Bruce Davis – Spinal Cord Stimulation

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