Testimonials: - Dr. John D. Burrow

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

Cynthia Payne – Spine Surgeries, Hip and Knee Replacements

I was born with many handicaps and I once had a doctor in Norfolk, but my back never was right. I had car accident and I was told Dr. Jeffrey Carlson was the best. He has done three back surgeries for me and I have to tell you, I won’t let anyone touch me but Dr. Carlson ! He is the best!

I have had two knee replacements and one hip replacement and the other doctors at OSC did them. People ask me, “Cindy, how do you even move with all the rods and equipment ?”  I tell them “go see these doctors and if you have back problems, go to Dr. Carlson. He has the hands of a angel and GOD gave him a gift!”

Whenever something happens, they get you right in for an appointment. All the staff are so kind. Take my advice and go to this office, you will not be sorry. I mean what I say, I tell everyone to go there.

I also want to give credit to the pain doctors also, because they are so nice. Dr. Raj Sureja.

You can’t do better than OSC. Thank you for letting me speak.

Cynthia Payne

Charles W. Higgins, Jr. – 5 Star Rating/Review

Dr. John Burrow provides excellent medical care.  In addition, I really enjoy the courtesy of the medical staff  at OSC.  Knowing that I am receiving the best of care contributes the most to my satisfaction as a patient.

Charles W. Higgins, Jr.

Ernestine Yancey – Patient Review

I’m very pleased with my care from Dr. John Burrow. He is upfront with the problem you have and explained what needed to be done to correct my problem.

Ernestine Yancey 

Karen Levy – Direct Anterior (Jiffy) Hip Replacement

My name is Karen Levy and I am 66 years old.

I had pain in my left hip for about 2 years.  Based on the description of my symptoms, my Primary Care Physician sent me to an Orthopaedic Specialist.  He treated me for bursitis, gave me a cortisone injection in my hip bursa and sent me to Physical Therapy.  None of that treatment worked and the pain persisted.

I had seen Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at OSC before and loved him.  I made an appointment with him to get an opinion on my pain and what might be wrong.  He ordered an MRI.  During my follow-up visit, he said my back was fine and that I needed to see someone for my hip, as I did not have any cartilage left in my hip joint.  Dr. Carlson walked me down the hall to see his partner, Dr. John Burrow.

Dr. Burrow suggested getting a cortisone injection directly into my hip joint to see if that would help the pain and confirm my diagnosis. Now, my hip pain was not the typical ache that people who usually need a hip replacement describe.  My pain was more like hip bursitis pain, and was higher up and to the side, not groin pain that is so typical for most people.  I had an injection in the procedure room and it helped relieve the pain for a while.  But, it came back, worse than before.

Dr. Burrow recommended anterior hip replacement surgery for me.   I had the surgery and after the surgery, I did great.   I had PT at home for two weeks and then continued PT at an outpatient clinic for another few weeks.  The difference in my pain was like Night and Day, the relief was so great.  A 26 year-old would have had a hard time keeping up with me!

Dr. Burrow is tops in my book.  He is kind and he listens to what I say.  Professional, yet very caring at the same time.

Karen Levy

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Paul Fuller – Hip Replacement

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March 2016, at 54 years of age, I was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in my left hip. Within two months, I went from walking normally to limping and using a cane. I was in continual pain and discomfort. In May 2016, I underwent total hip replacement surgery via the anterior approach with Dr. Burrow.

The surgery went as planned with no issues. The same day, I was walking and able to climb stairs without difficulty. After several weeks of healing and physical therapy, I started resuming my previous activities. After three months, I was able to do most activities and now six months after the surgery, I honestly forget I had it done.

My wife and I are able to walk the Nolan Trail without stopping. We have hiked several times in the mountains of Virginia. Recently, I have started bicycling again and ride on average 100 miles each week. I have ridden 1400 miles to date and have no issues with the new hip. When the other hip needs to replaced, I will have no worries using OSC and Dr.  John Burrow.

Paul Fuller