Testimonials: - Dr. Boyd W. Haynes III

Charlene R. Small – Spine Surgery

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 up. The next day, my husband and I went to SC to help our grandson celebrate his 6th birthday. When we returned home, I called and got an appointment with Dr. Carlson. The next week, I had the lumbar shot. I steadily got worse. I couldn’t get up and down without a pain level of 10+.

I returned to see Dr. Carlson on September 28th. Since I had tried everything, the result was surgery; and I said when! Surgery was on October 2nd. It was a good decision. (My lower vertebrae (3 & 4) were tied together for alignment and spaced with rods). The surgery went well and I came home on October 5th.

Being an active person, walkers, potty chair and shower chair were all new to me. I had never had surgery. I had Home Health Care (Personal Touch – wonderful) and returned to Dr. Carlson on October 12th for a check-up and to get my 17 staples out. He said I was doing well and to walk. I could get rid of the walker. I started walking. By the first of November, I was walked 1 1/3 miles a day. (Remember to wear your brace all of the time). I had not taken a pain pill since October 20th.

I returned to Dr. Carlson on November 16th. Things were looking good and I started Physical Therapy. I used the Sentara group in Mathews – excellent). I will complete therapy on January 7th. I return to see Dr. Carlson on January 4th. I believe I am steadily improving.

My advice to anyone is listen to the Doctor and talk to someone who had had your problem. I did and still listen to them.
Take baby steps, listen to your therapists and do your exercises. I returned to the YMCA on January 2nd, but took things slowly. Just because you feel good, one must not over-do! AND wear your bone stimulator.

The physicians and staff at Orthopaedic & Spine Center are truly dedicated people. They really want you to be healthy.

William Watkins III – Partial Knee Replacement

Physician: Dr. Haynes

It was a dark and stormy night. Deep in the throes of depression, I was contemplating the misery that had befallen me through the inexorable degeneration of my left knee by osteoarthritis. Boyd Haynes III, MD, at OSC in Newport News, had tried valiantly to avoid surgery, to no avail. When the fateful day arrived that I was told all non-surgical remedies had been exhausted, Dr. Haynes informed me that I was candidate for his new robotic partial-knee replacement procedure. Scheduling the surgery for June 26th, 2013, I looked forward to having my normal mobility restored. The storm clouds began to clear; there was hope.

Full of angst and trepidation, I agonized over what I feared would be a very unpleasant experience; fraught with all of the perils that one associates with major surgery. Dr. Haynes and his physician’s assistant, Jamie McNeely, went out of their way to explain the details, reassuring me that the risks would be minimal and the results beyond my expectation. On the day of surgery, both were there to greet me with their bright, smiling, optimistic faces, assuring me that I could expect outstanding results.

As I write this testimonial, it is ten weeks post-surgery. The promised results have been nothing short of spectacular, bordering on miraculous. It is the dawn of a new era for me, with blue skies and bright sunshine. I now have ninety percent functionality of my left knee in the performance of normal daily activities, with little or no pain. I expect 100% full functionality within another month or two of physical therapy.

For anyone who has suffered the quality of life degeneration that I have for the past five years, I can personally attest to the fact that full and complete restoration is achievable. I am so very grateful to Boyd Haynes III, MD, Jamie McNeely, PA and OSC for restoring my normal ambulatory mobility. Thank you all!

Steven Jacobs

Physician: Dr Haynes
I want to thank you for your wonderful care again. Thanks to you and your diagnosis and treatment, I not only felt better, I could truly enjoy every moment of my trip, especially the parasailing that my wife talked me into. To prove it, I am enclosing a picture to prove it. Thank you once again. Steven Jacobs

Luvenia Cappe – Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Physician: Dr. Haynes

After thirty-five years of employment on typewriters and computers, I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The numbness was so severe, it woke me up to find some comfort. After an appointment with Dr. Haynes, he suggested surgery.

On September 5, 2013, Dr. Haynes performed surgery. The numbness was immediately relieved. I did not need pain medication. The surgery was a real success. Thanks to Dr. Haynes and his staff. Dr. Haynes is very knowledgeable of the procedure and I got immediate relief.

Kim Silva – Hip Replacement

Physician: Dr. Haynes
In the summer of 2012 I began to suffer acute hip, shoulder and jaw pain. I was diagnosed (and not quickly either) with Rheumatoid Arthritis. My PCP had me on large steroid usage for weeks to alleviate the joint pain and inflammation. My left hip quickly deteriorated and almost became necrotic. I was in a choir with one of Dr. Haynes’ RNs and she highly recommended him. I had to wait a month from consult to surgery, but I couldn’t work anyway, so I waited.

The surgery was a God-send. Dr. Haynes was a God-send. I had the Anterior Left Hip replacement a year ago, on November 21, 2012. I won’t lie: the pain the first 4 days was rough, but that’s what good meds are for. It was almost like a switch was flipped on day 5. Much less pain and an amazing increase in mobility and healing. I had home care PT for 2 weeks and outpatient PT for 3 weeks. I felt amazing. Yes, the muscles, tendons, and nerves were still sore as they shifted back into place, but I was back to work in 6 weeks – I could have gone back in 4 actually. Dr. Haynes’ professionalism, genuine caring, attention to detail, his honesty and gifted surgical hands were indeed a gift. I can truly recommend Dr. Haynes and OSC for expert care.

Kathleen “Kathy” Adams – Knee Replacement

OSC Physician: Dr. Haynes

You SAVED my life! I had seen others before you and they could not fix my knee. You told me I needed a replacement and I was very scared. I had my surgery on 9-12-2012, and went back to work at 6 weeks! I can now shop at the grocery store and no longer have to have my knee drained every few weeks! I even went Christmas shopping! Thank you for being tough on me and asking me to work harder – my leg is almost straight now. I have referred others to you when they complain about their knees. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
P.S. Your staff is awesome!!! 

Janice Hoffman – Hip Replacements

Physician: Dr. Haynes

My name is Janice Hoffman, and I am an adjunct English teacher at one of the local colleges. Although I’ve never been athletic, I do lead an active lifestyle, especially since our grandson and his two Chocolate Labs live with my husband and me. Four years ago, I was horrified to learn that I would need a total hip replacement, so much so that I put it off for a year and a half. I had seen doctors here in Williamsburg and had even gone to Richmond for a second opinion, for I was sure they were all wrong; of course, they weren’t. In the meantime, a friend saw an article about an information workshop Dr. Boyd Haynes would be having in Newport News, and knowing how uneasy I was about the whole ordeal, she encourage me to attend. As I sat there listening to the details, I was still concerned about the procedure; however, I was immediately struck by how personal, likeable and funny Dr. Haynes was. I checked his outstanding record as an orthopedic surgeon and knew that when the time came, he would be my choice for this dreaded event, so I scheduled my consultation appointment, confirmed all I needed to know, and then put the surgery off once again.

By spring 2010, however, the physical therapy and meds could no longer prevent the embarrassing limp and crippling pain, so I knew it was time. I remember clearly that right before Dr. Haynes left the pre-op room, he touched me on the shoulder and called me by name. I already knew of his skill as a physician, so for a woman who was afraid of having this surgery, that one simple gesture gave me great peace. I went to sleep and awoke later with a new jiffy hip. The surgery itself went great , and I had a relatively quick recovery. The only problem was that I had issues with the anesthesia, something I swore would not happen again. Fast forward to this time last year when I discovered I would have to have the other hip replaced. Even though I had such a positive experience, I did not want to do this again, but it was inevitable, so this past summer, three years after my right hip replacement, I was back at Mary Immaculate for my left hip replacement. Once again, Dr. Haynes was there to comfort me in pre-op. He encouraged me to speak to the anesthesiologist about my preference, and that doctor was agreeable, so I knew that aspect of the event would be totally different this time. When Dr. Haynes asked how I was feeling right before the surgery, my response was that I was still a bit apprehensive. His quip was, “Well, here’s the good news: I’m not!” We laughed, and again, his kind demeanor put me at ease, and I was ushered into surgery.

I am one of those people who never dreamed she’d have to have both hips replaced, but since I did, I am so thankful I met Dr. Boyd Haynes. I am also one who says she wishes she had done it sooner. I was amazed with how well I did this second time. With the continuing updates in procedures, equipment, and follow-up care, I healed even faster than before. It’s really quite remarkable. When I go for my allergy shots, the nurse always shows me off to the other patients and tells them about my two new hips and how well I did both times. I would never push anyone into having surgery, for we each must make our own decisions; however, I can and do encourage people to check everything out ahead of time, and I always, always recommend Dr. Haynes for his expertise, kindness and sense of humor. For many of us, the bedside manner is as paramount as the skill. This past weekend, my husband, grandson and I were in Colonial Williamsburg strolling and enjoying the beautiful wreaths and decorations of the season. I turned to my husband and said aloud, “Thank you, Dr. Haynes. I can walk here in my favorite place with no pain and no limp because of you. I can walk.” My husband smiled and responded, “Yes, thank you, Dr. Haynes!” This one surgeon’s skill and kindness have affected an entire family unit and we are all deeply appreciative.

James B. Pierce – Hip Replacement

Physician – Dr. Boyd Haynes

I had a deteriorating hip over a period of 6 to 8 months. Shortly after seeing Dr. Haynes, I had to start using crutches and a wheelchair until he could operate on me using the anterior hip replacement method. The surgery went very well and Dr. Haynes explained what had taken place. He also said that I won the award for “the worst hip of the year”. It is not that way anymore. I used a walker during the first week after surgery, but was walking with no pain in the hip. My muscles were still sore, but that got better very quickly. By the middle of the second week, I would have to try and remember where I had left my cane, as I kept walking off without it and not noticing that it was missing.

To me this was a “miracle surgery”. The new hip never gave me any pain and as my muscles healed, I could do everything that I had been able to do previously with a “normal” hip; even play golf after only 4 weeks.

Dr. Haynes and his staff were kind, caring and knowledgeable. They followed up to make sure everything was going well. Dr. Haynes even added almost 7/8 of an inch to my right leg to level my hips so I wouldn’t be limping anymore. I would recommend Dr. Haynes and his staff to anyone needing a hip replacement.

Doug Blaha, Captain USN (ret) – Hip Replacement

OSC Physician: Dr. Haynes
Doug Blaha
Alaska was the Motivation!

On our 40th anniversary in 2001, we took out entire family, including grandchildren, on a two-week cruise to Alaska, a lifetime dream. During the trip, our adult children said “ Dad, you’re limping” and my usual reply was “yeah, but it doesn’t hurt very much”. Clearly, I walked less and enjoyed it less.

After returning home, I made an appointment to see Dr. Boyd Haynes, who I had met socially a few years earlier, to discuss my limp. He explained that it was caused by arthritis in my right hip and that I would eventually be a candidate for a new hip. He asked if it affected my lifestyle and I replied honestly that it really didn’t. He suggested over-the- counter pain medications would relieve most of the symptoms and until it affected my lifestyle, no further action was necessary. He was right.

Several years later, in 2006, we began planning a two-month trip to Alaska in our motorhome, along with a group of retired military families. Thinking ahead, I did not want to miss out on any side trips or hikes during this adventure. Returning to Dr. Boyd Haynes, we scheduled a hip replacement in January 2007 as it was now “affecting my lifestyle”.

I left my hip pain in the operating room. My recovery was fast and even enjoyable. What a pleasure to walk without pain. Used a cane for less than a week and was driving a month later. By March, we were traveling again and in June, we made the most enjoyable trip to Alaska.

In the seven years since, we have visited every state (except Hawaii) and every Canadian Province in our RV. I’ve hiked the canyons and arches in Utah and walked on the seafloor of the Bay of Fundy and I have not taken any pain medicine for my hip in years. The only time I am reminded of my new hip is when I put my socks on in the morning. I can’t put my right ankle on my left knee to put my socks on.

Now 75 years old, my wife of 52 years and I are very grateful for Dr. Boyd Haynes and the wonderful folks at Orthopaedic & Spine Center that allow us to continue enjoying life and the lifestyle we enjoy.

Cristi Hayes – Hip Replacement, Pain Management

Physician – Dr. Haynes

My name is Cristi Hayes. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of my right hip, back in 2008 at the age of 35. In February 2013 at the age of 39, Dr. Haynes performed a total hip replacement of my right hip. So I’m here to tell you my story.

I have had problems with my hip since 2007. The main problem was when I would sit down for a while and go to get up, my hip felt like it was stuck. It would be so painful until I worked out the kink. After about a year and a half of pain, I finally broke down and went to go see my primary care physician. After explaining to her what had been going on, she decided to order x-rays and refer me to an orthopedic surgeon. I was originally referred to a different orthopedic surgeon. My experience was not good. With this particular surgeon, I waited for almost 2 hours to get called back into a room and the doctor spent about 5 minutes with me. When I asked him how we could fix my problem, the first thing he said was a total hip replacement. Well, that was not an option for me at that time. The doctor didn’t explain anything to me. I left the office almost in tears. As soon as I left, I called a friend of mine and told her what had just happened. She suggested that I call my primary care physician and get another referral for a different orthopedic surgeon, and she suggested that I go and see someone at Orthopaedic & Spine Center.

I made an appointment with Dr. Petrow. I was very nervous when I arrived at my appointment. I was praying this office visit would be a better experience, since I didn’t have a good experience at the last orthopedic surgeon. It could not have been any better. Dr. Petrow sat down and showed me the x-rays, explained to me what osteoarthritis was. He told me I was too young for a hip replacement, and that there were other options to try before a total hip replacement would even be considered. He wanted to prolong it as long as possible.

We decided that it would be a good idea to try a joint injection in my hip to see how that would work. I saw Dr. Sureja for that procedure. The first injection I received lasted about 2 years. I waited another year before I went back and had another injection. That one lasted about a year. I received my 3rd joint injection in October 2012. Unfortunately for me, it did not relieve the pain. I was told I could receive another injection in 3 months. In December, I started to have a hard time sleeping. I would wake up 5-6 times a night in pain. I decided to go see a doctor about trying to get a prescription to take at night until I was able to see Dr. Sureja for another joint injection. I explained my story to him and he decided to get some x-rays of my hip. He looked at the x-rays and told me what he saw in the x-ray, that he didn’t think the injections would be beneficial to me anymore, and needed to go see my orthopedic surgeon.

I chose to see Dr. Boyd Haynes, since Dr. Petrow was no longer practicing with OSC. Dr. Haynes sat down and talked to me and we decided that it was time to get my hip replaced. Dr. Haynes performed the Anterior Hip Replacement. The surgery went really well. I was in the hospital for 24 hours and up walking the same day of the surgery. Everything was set up with the home health nurse, occupational therapist and physical therapist coming to my home before I even left the hospital. I didn’t have to worry about making any phone calls to set anything up.

I was given exercises to do at home by the physical therapist before I left the hospital. I was told to do them several times a day, which I did. I went off the pain medicine after 10 days. I used a walker for 9 days, and then went to a cane. I used a cane for about a week and a half. After my 2 week follow-up visit with Dr. Haynes, I returned to work. I started outpatient physical therapy, and continued that for 3 weeks and then I was discharged. I still did the exercises at home since I was no longer going to outpatient physical therapy.

One thing everyone needs to keep in mind is that everyone handles pain differently and everyone’s body heals at different rates. Don’t think that right after surgery everything will be 100%. We all have to work at getting our muscles back to normal. I was blessed, as I did not have any complications. I couldn’t have done it without Dr. Haynes doing such a great job. Eight weeks after surgery, I noticed more and more improvements. I could sit down and not have to worry about my hip getting stuck and sleep through the night without waking up 5-6 times in pain. At my 10 week visit, I was told I didn’t have to come back for one year. All is have to say is great things about this practice. One thing that I really appreciate is that the doctors were willing to try other options instead of rushing into surgery. I never waited longer than 20 minutes to get called back to see the doctor. From the bottom of my heart, I cannot thank Dr. Haynes enough for doing such a great job. You are amazing.