Testimonials: - Dr. John D. Burrow

Otis Hooper – Hip Replacement Surgery

I am a 6th degree black belt in Taekwondo, and the executive director and instructor of my own boxing and martial arts gym here in Newport News, The Peninsula Boxing Academy, Inc. After fighting professional Karate matches for approximately three years, I turned to the professional boxing ring as a Junior Welterweight, where I later became a sparring partner for the former World Welterweight Champion, Sugar Ray Leonard.

Over the years, my body had begun to wear down from decades of dedicated rigorous physical activity, and I was unable to move around and teach my students to the level I needed. When the pain began specifically in my left hip, I spoke with my primary care doctor to learn what my options were. She referred me to Dr. John Burrow at the Orthopaedic & Spine Center. After my visit with him, it was determined that I would need a hip replacement. I had a few close friends who had successful hip replacements themselves, but nevertheless, I was still nervous!

However, Dr. Burrow and his team made me feel extremely comfortable. Now, I am only 6 weeks post-surgery, and I am out raking leaves, pushing the wheelbarrow in my yard and back to teaching boxing at night! I thought it would be at least 6 months to get to where I am feeling now, but because of the care I received from Dr. Burrow, I am back in the gym and able to do all the things I wasn’t able to prior to my hip replacement.

I would recommend Dr. Burrow and the team at Orthopaedic & Spine Center to anyone!
-Otis Hooper

Ivy Lee – Orthopaedic Care and Physical Therapy for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

Dr. Jamie SwaleI would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the phenomenal services of my Physical Therapist, Dr. Jaime Swale. She is the absolute best. I am a 70-year-old female that was suffering from a frozen left shoulder. My upper arm was immobile. She was extremely competent and professional and had me immediately performing exercises that I felt were far beyond my abilities. She was personable, readily listened and responded to my concerns, and adapted her plan to my needs. She and her assistant Joy are the Dynamic Duo.

Thank you so much for pushing me to my limits and helping me to progress smoothly. I sing your praises to my friends and family.

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Dr. John Burrow, for your thorough follow-up and services for my initial complaint of pain and stiffness in my left shoulder and upper arm. OSC provides you with wonderful services from knowledgeable, experienced, and above all, caring professionals!!

Ivy Lee

Les Curtis – Hip Replacement and Physical Therapy

The operation on my hip, with Dr. John Burrow at OSC, went very smoothly and the staff at Mercy Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, were very helpful. I had little pain after the operation and over a period of about 6 weeks, was able to walk as normal.

Mr. Jonathan Lorusso PTA, and staff at the OSC Physical Therapy Clinic were very helpful and helped me stretch my muscles back into shape. The check-in on my phone at PT and Orthopedic made it very easy to been seen in a timely manor. I am very pleased with the outcome of my operation.

Les Curtis

Cyndi Fisher – Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Dr. John BurrowAs a nurse practitioner and a case manager, my priorities for a knee replacement were to minimize risk for infection, have effective pain management, coordinated care and optimal recovery of functional movement. Dr.   John Burrow and his team prepared me with what to expect, how to prepare for the surgery with pre-op exercises and and with clear infection prevention instructions for the 3 day skin prep prior to surgery. The exercises pre-op made for optimal recovery of movement and strength post-op. I was up walking with no walker at 2 days and driving at 2 weeks and back at work in under 3 weeks (my job requires little movement and I could elevate and ice my knee as needed).

The team at Mary Immaculate Hospital is laser focused on infection prevention and pain management. The unit RN and therapy staff work in a coordinated manner to manage pain, increase mobility, prevent infection and blood clots. They have a nurse-patient navigator        (Nancy) that is well versed in post-op knee replacement recovery and Dr. Burrow’s expectations. She was available to answer all questions. and provided me many helpful tips for managing pain without fear. Ice and Tylenol worked wonders and minimized the need for opiates after the first 48 hrs. She, along with the nurse case manager, coordinated my DC and post-acute care services for home care, prescriptions, follow- up appointments, post-op instructions, etc.). The Knee Replacement Recovery handbook is well done, easy to follow and extremely helpful.

This is a comprehensive program that is based on research and is patient-centered. Knee replacements are not easy, but this team approach makes for the best outcome. At 12 weeks post-op, I am walking 2 miles, riding my bike, doing exercise classes and able to work on my feet without pain for 10 or more hours a day.

This team is the best and I am so thankful to Dr. Burrow for giving me my back my active lifestyle with minimal pain and functional movement.

Cyndi Fisher

 

Sandy Carbaugh – Physical Therapy for a Crushed Tibia

 

Cody Leeworthy, DPTI would like to thank Cody Leeworthy, DPT, for the services that I have received at OSC-PT. I had broken and crushed my upper tibia at the knee joint in July 2020.

I came in for Physical Therapy care in September 2020. I was walking with a walker with no weight bearing. By the time I left PT on Dec 31, 2020, I was walking with one or two crutches. I have enjoyed the personal care from your staff to get me moving again.

Sandy Carbaugh

Andrea Chavers – Hip Replacement Surgery and Physical Therapy

Image of Dr. John BurrowThank you, Dr. John Burrow (hip replacement surgery), Dr. Paige Tretter and Fred Wintermantel, PTA (Physical Therapy)!

My hip replacement surgery and Physical Therapy experience have been one-of-a-kind! Although it was physically challenging (and a little frightening) in the beginning, I really am enjoying my progress. Thanks to you all, I am now more mobile, walking without my cane for the first time in almost two years. I look forward to working with OSC in the future. I certainly will recommend your facility to anyone I know.

Andrea Chavers 

Sandy Friend – Orthopaedic Care for Knees, Hands and Ankles

Image of Dr. John BurrowDr. John Burrow is one of the good guys! The best Ortho Doctor….

The four years I have been going to him, he has saved me from much pain! Now that I’m moving to Rhode Island….I wish I could take him with me! I’m telling anyone, if you want some help in feeling better, knees, hands, ankles…he is the Dr. to go see!

Also, Dr. Burrow sent me to Dr. Boyd Haynes…he too was outstanding! Nothing about OSC I did not like…Thank you!

Sandy Friend

William Hutchinson – Orthopaedic Treatment

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and Dr. John Burrow are the most genuine, professional, patient-friendly doctors. They are not the type to give you a couple of tablets and call them in the morning. They listen to all of your ailments and concerns and treat them, with compassion and understanding.

William Hutchinson

Linda Kelley – Hip Replacement

Image of Dr. John Burrow and Linda KelleyI am an opera singer and a PhD researcher.  I have traveled around the world.  I have always been very active and physically fit, jogging, doing ballet, yoga and Pilates. My husband is also a scientist, is on the faculty at William and Mary and also works at Jefferson Labs.

I have seen Dr. Jeffrey Carlson personally and he has treated my family for years.  He replaced joints in both of my parents and done spine surgery on my mother to treat her after falls.  He did arthroscopic knee surgery on me in 2013.

I came to see Dr. Carlson in 2017 because I had horrible hip bursitis which was causing me a great deal of pain.  We had gone to the WWII Commemoration ceremony in Pennsylvania and my hip was tormenting me after that trip. I told him that I had a pulled muscle in a BodyFlow class at Riverside Wellness. Dr. Carlson looked at me and said “Linda, you need a new hip”. After he gave me a steroid injection into my hip bursa, Dr. Carlson referred me to Dr. John Burrow, a joint replacement specialist at OSC. Dr. Burrow does intra-articular hip injections and Dr. Carlson said that might help me.

Because I am a researcher, I gave Dr. Burrow the third degree about everything he was doing. He performed the intra-articular hip injection, which placed steroids and numbing medication directly into my hip joint.  I wouldn’t say that I had a lot of pain from my deteriorating hip joint, but I did start to notice a loss of function and that it would “catch” when I was getting up from a chair.  At the end of October, I started to notice a weakness when I would go up and down steps, like I could not push off on the foot on the side where my hip was bad.  I started having to take the steps one by one, which I did not like doing.

I came back to see Dr. Burrow and he took another set of x-rays, which indicated that, while not yet bone-on- bone, my hip was rapidly getting worse.  Dr. Burrow was concerned and told me that I should probably get my hip replaced before my cartilage eroded much further.  I decided to schedule the surgery for the 2nd of January.

Over the Christmas holiday, I had out-of-town company to visit and stay.  While decorating the house and entertaining my guests, I noticed that I was getting slower and slower with my hip problem.  I knew that I had made the right decision to have the surgery.

I had the surgery as scheduled and spent one night at Mary Immaculate Hospital.  I wanted to go home the same day, but Dr. Burrow made me stay due to my low blood pressure, the lateness of the surgery and because the surgery took a while to complete.  The reason the surgery took longer is because Dr. Burrow said I had “young bones” and he had to use a much smaller implant stem in my femur.  After the surgery and recovery, I was up and walking that evening.   I used a walker and had a nurse or PT with me, when I walked around the hospital floor or to the restroom.

The next day, I went home to recover.  On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the worst, I would say that my pain was a 2.5.  If I felt like I needed to do so, I took a Tylenol to supplement the pain medicine.  Over nine days, I took an average of 2.4 pain pills a day.  Not bad.

The Physical Therapist came to my house the next day.  They commented on how I was “carrying” the walker instead of using it.  So, they let me switch immediately to using a cane for support during recovery.  I think because I have always been fit and worked out that I seemed to recover more quickly.  I would recommend that anyone try to work out and get in shape as much as possible before they have a hip replacement.  It will make their recovery easier.

I am right at two weeks and I am doing great.  I don’t use any assistive device to walk and I am doing well.  I look forward to being active and returning to the gym.  I am very grateful for Dr. Burrow and his expertise in doing my hip replacement.

Linda Louise Kelley

Newport News, VA