Testimonials: Hip Replacement

Richard Tamashiro-Costa – Hip Replacement

September 2015 will be the 5th year anniversary of my hip transplant.

I was 54 years old at the time. In the six months prior to my operation, I was experiencing ever increasing pain. I had stopped doing many of the activities I enjoyed (playing golf, riding my Harley, etc.) because of the pain. I visited an orthopedic surgeon who prescribed pain medication stating that my hip had not deteriorated enough to warrant replacement. The meds did little to lessen my discomfort, so I decided to get a second opinion.

I made an appointment with Dr. Carlson at OSC. He reviewed my x-rays and stated that I definitely needed to have the hip replaced. He recommended only two surgeons in the Hampton Roads area, one of whom was Dr. Boyd Haynes. I met with Dr. Haynes and immediately knew I had made the right choice. He fully explained the hip appliance and the procedure and answered all of my questions. His confidence set my mind at ease regarding the surgery and I was looking forward to getting my life and my mobility back.

My surgery took less than one hour, the staff at Mary Immaculate was wonderful and I was back to work and walking without a cane within 10 days. Three weeks of out-patient physical therapy at OSC and I was better than new. One thing which definitely helped to speed my recovery was that I was very active during the time after my surgery, not only during my therapy sessions, but all throughout the day. As your personal health allows, be as active as possible and you will experience the same incredible results.

In the five years since my surgery, I have had no problems or discomfort. I have highly recommended Dr. Haynes to several friends and certainly believe that he is the best choice for this type of surgery.
Richard Tamashiro-Costa

Susan Simmons – Anterior (Jiffy) Hip Replacement

My name is Susan Simmons and I am 59 years old. I would like to thank Dr. Carlson for recommending Dr. Burrow for my anterior hip replacement.

Dr. Burrow is “AMAZING”. I had an overnight stay at Mary Immaculate Hospital. I came home the following morning PAIN FREE. My 2nd day home, my home care nurse came and asked “what’s my pain level?” She was shocked when I said it was a “0”….I only had some minor discomfort. All my unbearable pain was in the past, 2 years earlier….I used my walker for 2 days as my safety net. I carried my cane for about a week.

After my 2 week follow-up, I was driving and back to doing my yard work.

It’s a wonderful feeling to be “PAIN-FREE”! I only wished I hadn’t waited so long to have the surgery……LIFE IS GREAT AGAIN……..THANK YOU, DR.BURROW!

Karen Levy – Hip Replacement

My name is Karen Levy and I am 64 years young. My hip started giving me trouble about 3 years ago, but really started hurting badly in the last year and a half.

I finally made my way to the office of Dr. Burrow and it was determined that I needed a hip replacement. I did not have the normal ache of the groin area as is typical of this. Dr. Burrow did the anterior replacement and I have done wonderfully. It has been 4 weeks now and my hip feels really great.

I can highly recommend Dr. Burrow. He is a very good doctor.

Debra L. Harris – Knee & Hip Replacement

Since my last testimonial, I’ve had my right knee and right hip replaced by the best doctor in Virginia, Dr. John D. Burrow. The quality of my life has changed. I’m able to do things I haven’t done in years. I’m sleeping through the night without pain. I’m able to stand and sit and I can even put on my own shoes and socks.

I’m so grateful for Dr. Burrow. I tell all my friends (and even a few strangers) that are suffering with their knees or hip to contact OSC, ASAP, and ask for Dr. John D. Burrow.

Thank you Dr. Burrow and the staff at ORTHOPAEDIC & SPINE CENTER for making me feel like a human being again. I feel a little BIONIC! ( ;

Audrey A. Moore – Hip Replacement


My recent follow-up visit with Dr. Haynes was full of good news and thankfulness – first to GOD and then to Dr. Haynes and his team!

Approximately, six months prior to my surgery on 3/18/15, I began experiencing severe pain in my left hip, thigh and leg so I decided to make an appointment with Dr. Haynes, my orthopedic surgeon. After reviewing my x-rays and results of my blood work (elevated lead levels), Dr. Haynes advised that I undergo surgery to replace the now “recalled” metal on metal hip device that was implanted back in 2006. Having had two previous hip surgeries performed by Dr. Haynes (yes, the left hip in 2006 and the right hip in 2009), I trusted his medical opinion completely. But this time, Dr. Haynes recommended a new procedure – the “Jiffy” hip replacement. He explained that with the “Jiffy,” replacing the hip joint would be through an anterior (front upper thigh) approach and would offer a faster recovery compared to the old approach. For those of us who know Dr. Haynes, he stays on the “cutting edge” of orthopedic advances …and for that I am grateful.

My experience immediately following surgery up to my two week follow-up appointment was really an unexpected, incredible and positive journey. Most notable were the minimal amounts of pain/discomfort experienced post-operatively AND the speed in which I was literally able to get back on my feet. Physical Therapy (PT) had me walking within two hours of me getting back to my hospital room on the day of surgery….again, no pain! After being cleared by PT the following morning, less than 24 hours after surgery, I was on my way home where the true test of “Jiffy” hip would begin. I was not disappointed.

Home PT began immediately and yield great results within a few days. Although pain meds were prescribed, I personally was able to sustain comfort by taking 1-2 pain pills every 24 hours. I graduated from the walker to the cane within the first week and found myself moving around the kitchen “cane-free” at times. The day of my follow-up visit, when the nurse called my name, I was able to get up and walk into Dr. Haynes’ office with the strongest gait and less pain than I have experienced in a long time – pure joy!!!

Having experienced osteoarthritis for the last 10-12 years, I know the impact such pain can have on your quality of life. If you have an opportunity to lessen some of the discomfort by having a “jiffy” hip replacement, I would recommend it –and Dr. Haynes and his team–highly.

Audrey A. Moore

Paul Casanave – Hip Replacement

I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Boyd Haynes to do your hip replacement. My wife heard about him when she struck up a conversation with an older gent in the grocery store in Norge. He was zooming around in a self-propelled cart and was very enthusiastic about his surgery and that Dr. Haynes operated on everyone in his retirement community….

I set up an appointment within a week. My concerns when I went in:
1. Recovery time
2. I have one leg longer, which is the root of the problem, Can you level me out?
3. How soon can you do it?
4. How long will it take?

Dr. Haynes paid attention to all my questions. He did not overcommit on making both my legs even in length. He said that he could get me close, but could not promise me anything.

What I was so excited about was, that when I came out of the OR, Dr. Haynes was right beside me, giving me the good news about balancing out the length of my legs. The thing is, he was more excited than I was! I came rolling out and he was fist-bumping me, telling me what he did, and that it was the first time he was able to do that for somebody.

He said he sent the nurse to the lobby to look at my shoe and get a measurement on it. Then, he double and tripled-measured my legs with a computer that he uses as a tool during the hip replacement operation.

He is just so passionate about what he does. I felt like I got personalized care, because he remembered what I had asked about and did everything he could do to accommodate me.

Dr. Haynes has had a huge impact on my life.

Paul Casanave

Bruce Gordon Schultz – Carpal Tunnel & Hip Replacement

Hello everyone! My name is Bruce and I’ve lived in Portsmouth, VA for 25 years or so. I was born and raised on Long Island, New York. After the Marine Corps and Viet Nam, I settled in Richmond, Va. and graduated from University of Richmond in 1975.

Overall, I’ve led a pretty rough and tumble life, convinced of my invincibility! Around 40, my daughter, Heather Elizabeth, was born in 1989. I had a son, Brian Bruce, in 1971, so I was no rookie to the dad-deal: wrestling, pitching ball, riding bikes, jogging, touch football, etc.

Well, surprise, surprise. I found re-curing hiccups in my abilities. Big Bad Bruce turned into Sweet Lumbering Brucie! First, the spring in my legs went. No problem, says I, some squats at the Y will take care of that. Well, the Y turned into Why? So, I never went. Then the knees and then The Hip! Started off as an easy limp. Being a veteran, I immersed myself into that maze. After 8-10 years, it became apparent they were not interested in replacing Brucie’s knees. Meantime, Carpal-Tunnel had arrived and fate intervened. The VA didn’t want to do that either! They gave me the option of getting the Carpel-Tunnel done on the Outside. By good fortune and word of mouth from other lumbering souls, I found Dr. Haynes.

After the Carpal Tunnel Repair was done, I asked him “Do you do hips too?”. “Absolutely”, he says. By this time, I could barely walk. My hip would clunk when I walked, I fell, then could hardly get up, etc. People started opening doors, carrying boxes, asking if I was going to make it. GAWD! A strapping US Marine Veteran humbled in such a way.

Dr. Haynes to the rescue again!!! Jiffy-Hip, standing up same day, even made it so I was standing straight again. I love this man. My knees are next at “The One-Stop Body Shop”. He’s my hero and everyone I know in Tidewater to Richmond to New York knows it! Thanks DOC. I’ll go to combat with you anytime!

Thankful, BRUCE.

Sherry Miller – Hip Surgery

Dr. Burrow's patient

My name is Sherry L. Miller and I am a 55 year old female who had been suffering for over two years with arthritis in my hips. I started seeing Dr. Burrow two years ago due to the pain and progressive difficulty in walking. Dr. Burrow tried several non-surgical approaches over the time, but in the end we decided that it would be best to proceed with full hip replacements.

I had never had major surgery, so I had a fair amount of apprehension about going into the hospital. I talked with Dr. Burrow and with other people who had the procedure, and everyone reassured me that it would resolve my pain and disability. It is an understatement to say that Dr. Burrow gave me my life back!

Before the hip issues, I was an active endurance cyclist, some days riding up to 100 miles. Two years ago I started to notice that something was wrong. I began having a hard time putting my leg over my bike. I thought I just needed to stretch and work out more. I continued to ignore the pain and loss of motion, which never went away. I reached the point where I could barely get on my bike, and then I finally reached the point where I was in constant pain and could barely walk. During this time, I tried seeing a chiropractor but he said he could not help. I made an appointment the next day to see Dr. Burrow at OSC.

Dr. Burrow’s started treating me with muscle relaxers, but they provided very limited relief. He stated that the hip issue was not going to get better, but that I should keep moving no matter what. My mate often reminds me how I would wake up in the middle of the night in tears because the pain was so bad. There were times during the night where I would run bath water as hot as I could stand, it just so I could relieve the pain long enough to sleep a couple hours. I am a special education teacher, and when I was at school colleagues would stop and ask me what was wrong. There was one time someone said that I walked like I was 80 years old. I went back to Dr. Burrow, and the next treatment course was a prescription for Celebrex and I started receiving shots in my hip to relieve the pain. Some people are helped by the shot for many months. In my case, it helped the pain for about 2 weeks. I received a shot every 3 months until I had surgery.

My family and friends often say they had no idea how much pain I was in because I never complained. As time went on I realized that I could not go on this way. I was exhausted all the time and I started to rethink the option of surgery. When Dr. Burrow discussed the surgery with me, he explained how medicine has changed over time and people as young as their 30’s were getting hip replacements. I actually met someone who had a hip replacement and they shared their story with me. On my next visit to Dr. Burrow’s I told him I was ready for surgery, but that I was scared. He told me to go home and discuss the procedure with my mate and then we made a decision. We both knew it was time.

At my next visit with Dr. Burrow, we planned for surgery. He was very receptive to my questions, and encouraged me to talk to people. He also said I could call if I had any questions or concerns. I can tell anyone who reads this, that Dr. Burrow is a great listener and explained everything to me so that I was able to fully understand the procedure. As the time for my surgery approached, my condition got progressively worse. I could barely walk, and I was hunched over and could not stand up straight. I waddled when I walked and it was often said I walked like a penguin. It brings tears to my eyes when I think about all I went through.

Some people thought my hip condition was due to the number of miles I logged as a cyclist. Dr. Burrow reassured me that it was not due to the cycling, and that the exercise actually allowed me to stay mobile. He reiterated that the problem was not due to anything I had done, but rather the onset of the arthritis. Over the space of three months, I had both hips replaced. It turns out that I had put off the surgery for so long, that the arthritis had destroyed a large amount of bone in my hips.

Surgery wasn’t easy, but it was more than worth it. I was actually up and walking around in 1 to 2 days after surgery, and the pain was finally gone! During the surgery and recovery process, Dr. Burrow worked with me and he also kept my mate informed at all times. If there was an issue, Dr. Burrow was always available. The nurses who work with him were also awesome. I missed a total of 12 weeks of work and had 12 weeks of rehab. There is no way to tell you how much the surgery has meant to me, and Dr. Burrow is a wonderful surgeon and a great person. I was extremely motivated to get better, and I followed Dr. Burrow’s orders exactly. Even though sometimes it still hurt to stretch and do PT, I worked through it, knowing that I was already getting better.

Even though I was initially terrified at the thought of surgery, I knew I had the greatest team in the world supporting me. I have a wonderful man, many loving friends, and the best hip surgeon in the world (at least in my opinion)! My scars are healing wonderfully, and I am proud to show them off as a sign of where I have been.

It is now 10 weeks after my last hip replacement, and I just completed a 41 mile bicycle ride to Gloucester and back, including the climb over the Coleman Bridge. We are already planning for our annual 150-mile bike trip on a trail from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD over the eastern continental divide. I am pain free, and all of the wonderful aspects of my life have returned. I am looking forward to many, many more years of cycling, traveling, and living life at its fullest. Again, all I can say is “Thank you Dr. Burrow!!!”

Ruby Walton – Hip Replacement

Ruby Walton

Ruby Walton– Age 65 – Surgery in June 2013 – Live in Hayes, VA

I was having very bad pain in my knee. I first thought it was maybe a sprained knee, because my husband and I line dance a lot. I went to see Dr. Carlson and he said it was my hip, so he, in turn, sent me to see Dr Haynes and WOW what a wonderful Doctor he is! He told me I would need a hip replacement, so we went ahead with that and let me tell you, it was the best thing I ever had done in my life. I can line dance again, play and run with my beautiful great granddaughters and even sit in the floor with them.

If it wasn’t for Dr. Haynes and his staff at OSC, I would not be doing the things I’m doing today. I even talked my neighbor into to going to OSC to see the Doctors there. It is one awesome place. I just want to say, I love my Dr. Boyd Haynes and would not trade him for the world. XOXO

Ramona White – Hip Replacement


I had a total right hip replacement on 29 July by Dr. Burrow. He visited me several times in the hospital, and with the follow-up visits, I have gained complete confidence in him. After having hip pain and being limited these last 5+ years, I recently walked down 200 steps and back up to visit a waterfall in West Virginia!

Dr. Burrow also did some knee repair on my husband earlier this summer. Go Dr. Burrow!