Testimonials: Hip Replacement

Catherine E. Reid – Hip Replacement & Physical Therapy

I would like to share my very positive experience with the Orthopaedic & Spine Center, located at 298 Nat Turner Blvd. Newport News, VA 23606.

Thanks to Dr. John Burrow and Rachel Tyler, MPT, Clinic director, and staff for their dedication to my health and care.

On August 19, 2014 I received a new hip. Surgery was performed by Dr. John Burrow. I had been in constant pain for months, to the point of losing my independence. Thanks to Dr. John Burrow and Rachel Tyler and her Physical Therapy team, I am pain free, and able to return to enjoying my regular duties and hobbies. My short recovery time was unbelievable to my family and friends. Three weeks after surgery, I was able to walk, stand and sit with no pain. I am now, weeks later, able to walk and jog three miles. I am looking forward to enjoying the Holidays free of pain. Thank you.

Robert Ewing – Hip Replacement

I was very pleased with the hip replacement surgery that Dr. Boyd Haynes performed last October, 2013. From the first visit for evaluation to the day of surgery, I felt I was dealing with a professional-minded surgeon. His post-surgical visit was to inform me that all went well and I would be going home the next day. Before the surgery, I was limping around like Marshal Dillon’s deputy, Chester. A week after surgery. I was pain-free and mobile. Six weeks after surgery I was able to play golf. Although my golf game hadn’t improved, my ability to walk and swing a club, pain-free, had improved dramatically. Now, almost a year later, I feel fantastic and can enjoy playing a round of golf.

Sandy St. Ours – Hip Replacement

Hello my name is Sandy St. Ours, I am 71 yrs. old. I would like to tell you a little about myself and my recent hip replacement surgery. I was born with a “Congenital Hip Click” , which means the hip did not stay in the hip socket. As a result my left leg is now almost 3 inches shorter than the right leg. My right leg was my so-called “Good Leg”. This leg carried my body weight because I walked on my toes on the weaker left foot. Several months ago I started having severe pain in my right leg which I thought was coming from my arthritic knee., and was traveling up the back of my leg. Finally, had some x-rays taken and I made an appt. to see Dr. Haynes. The x-rays showed arthritis in my hip , so we tried a cortisone shot …which did not help. Finally Dr. Haynes said , he believed most of the pain was coming from the hip. He said , you need a complete hip replacement surgery. Finally, in April i did just that.! I am so pleased with the results, Dr. Haynes, and his entire surgical team. i am walking, shopping etc. and all this without pain. It is so great to be pain free!!!!! Great job! In closing , I would like to encourage anyone who has such pain to seek help not only from Dr. Haynes , but any of the Dr’s and staff at OSC. A great place to get help and understanding . Thanks to my physical therapist who helped me after the surgery as well. Sincerely, Sandy St. Ours

Joel D. Snyder III – Hip Replacement

I had progressively failing right hip for several years and the time finally came. My hip replacement went off without a hitch. I practically waltzed down the hall the first time I got out of bed. The hip has worked perfectly and rehab was beautiful for five weeks until an epidural in my back wore off. Hip is perfect!

Dr. Hayne’s part in trying to fix my body has been OK in all respects!

Sheila Dalton – Hip Replacement

I am 55 years old and I live in Chesapeake, Virginia. On March 5th, 2014, Dr. Boyd Haynes performed a right Hip Replacement Surgery on me. Before finding Dr. Haynes, I had been turned down by three Orthopedic Surgeons. I had given up at the age of 55. I thought for sure I was never going to get help, even though I had Osteoarthritis in my right hip bone to bone. Every Orthopedic Surgeon had turned me down because of my weight. All three Doctors had suggested that I needed a Gastric Bypass Surgery prior to replacing my hip. My insurance does not cover this procedure. So for three years, I became a prisoner in my own home. The only time I could get out of my house was for Doctor’s Appointments and I couldn’t get out of the house without assistance. I used a walker, but I had no life. Then I saw other Testimonials from Patients that had received help from Dr. Haynes, so I thought I would give it one more try and take another trip to an Orthopedic Surgeon.

I went for my first appointment in January 2014, when the X-ray Tech came to get me, I said to her, “If there is any doubt at all that he won’t be able to help me, please do not put me through any more pain of having more X-rays.” She then said, “I’m sure he will mention the weight, but I truly believe he will be able to perform the Surgery.” When Dr. Haynes came in the room and looked at my X-rays, he asked me how I was even walking. He then showed me the X-ray and said “look at your hip” and asked “when do you want to do this Surgery?” I was so overwhelmed. He told me he had performed this Surgery on people that weighed more than I did. I was so happy I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and I broke into tears. His nurse asked me why I was crying, “are those happy tears?” I said “Yes”, then proceeded to explain to her what all that I had been through prior to finding Dr. Haynes. I really felt like my life was over until that moment. The nurse herself began to tear up.

So, I want to personally thank Dr. Haynes for giving me my life back. I am currently in Physical Therapy three times a week and I am amazed at what I am able to accomplish. It’s hard work and it can be painful at times, but I know in the end it will all be worth it. So thank you so much, Dr. Haynes, for everything.

Aimee Hamilton – Hip Replacement

I have been having trouble with me left hip for over 6 years. My first Ortho in 2008 found a tumor in my ball and socket joint that was creating a popping when I walked which was very uncomfortable. Then in 2010, I was having pain and clicking in the hip again, so I went under the knife for a second time, only to find a labrum tear and bone spur which was causing the pain. Then in 2013, I noticed that I was getting very stiff when I would sit for a period of time and it became painful after a while, so I started seeing Dr. Andrus to get help for what we now know was arthritis! I was done at this point and wasn’t sure what to do. That’s when Dr. A sent me to Dr. Haynes.

He came barreling through the door and said “you know there is only one option for you, right?” And I replied “I’m too young for a hip replacement.” He quickly put my mind at ease and I agreed to do it. I can’t tell you how much better I feel now without the stiffness. I’m still at present healing from surgery and feel better already. I would totally send all my family and friends to see Dr. H for anything. He was great throughout the whole experience. A lot of fun and great personality. Which is what I look for and enjoy in a Dr. Thanks Dr. H!!

Jerry Laughrun – Hip Replacement

I am 60 years old and live in Newport News, VA. Late 2013, I developed hip pain while sitting. The pain grew steadily worse and I could only sit for short periods. In December 2013, my problem was determined to be an arthritic hip joint. On February 19th, 2014, I had hip replacement surgery by Dr. Boyd Haynes at Mary Immaculate Hospital. The surgery took about an hour and I was able to go home that night. The pain in my hip immediately disappeared. Thanks to the quality of the operation and in-home Physical Therapy, I only needed the assistance of a walker for 4 days and a cane for 1 day. 6 days after the surgery, I was able to walk around my house, including up and down the stairs, without assistance. I was able to return to work 18 days after the operation. I can now sit for a long as I need at work or in a car.

Chuck Walsh – Outpatient, Computer-Assisted, Direct-Anterior (Jiffy) Hip Replacement

I have never written a testimonial before, but feel compelled to do so, hoping that my hip replacement surgery and recovery story might allay some of your concerns and fears. This was not the first time Dr. Haynes operated on me. Previously, he repaired my meniscus and also operated on two of my children, once repairing an ACL and then operated on my other son’s ankle. So needless to say, I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Haynes!

I had been dealing with what I thought was a groin injury that I sustained while running however; it never got any better. My running was now infrequent and I was using an elliptical machine as my primary source of exercise. Eventually, the hip became worse and I was beginning to limp noticeably and was becoming more and more limited in what I could do. Dr. Haynes informed me that it would require surgery, which I put off for an little over a year after he gave me that news. I realized that it wasn’t going to get better on its own and so I decided to have it fixed.

What “sealed the deal” for me was that Dr. Haynes told me that I would be able to run again. I asked if I could have it done on an outpatient basis and he said I could. So, I was scheduled for January 29th, 2014, at Mary Immaculate Hospital. I had to go to the hospital for some pre-surgery tests and all the folks and staff at Mary Immaculate were great. They made it all very easy and comfortable.

On January 29th, I arrived at the hospital at 5:30 AM; went into surgery at about 7:30 AM; was in recovery a little after 9:00 AM and after some tests and some assessments from the Physical Therapists, I left the hospital at 1:00 PM the same day. Again, all the staff at Mary Immaculate were terrific! I’ve only been to a few hospitals but they, by far, have been the best!

I got home about 2:30 PM and was using a walker and doing exercises. Dr. Haynes called that evening and everything was fine. I attended several meetings via teleconference the next day and on the second day I physically went to work to attend a meeting. That following Monday, I was back at work for good. I felt better almost immediately. The only pain I had was surgical pain, which was not bad at all. I didn’t need Home Health, although they visited one time and I didn’t require Physical Therapy. I was back at the gym in 2 weeks and while not running, I was back on the elliptical.

It has been 4 weeks since my surgery and I’m getting stronger every day. I’m doing a hard 35 minutes a day on the elliptical and could probably start running again, but I don’t want to push it. My experience was truly amazing – I am 67 years old and looking forward to resuming my running soon. Thanks again to Dr. Haynes and all the staff!

Michael Noehl – Hip Replacement

Patient Name – Michael J. Noehl – Age 55 – Yorktown, VA
Date of Surgery – February 5th 2014, at Mary Immaculate Hospital
Physician – Dr. Boyd Haynes

Issue: Right Hip degenerative joint disease exacerbated by lower back spinal stenosis/spondylitis of L-5 vertebra

In 2012, I came to the Orthopaedic and Spine Center (OSC) as a follow-up for a second opinion of my back injury that I received while on active duty in the Army. I had been experiencing increased levels of lower back pain and had not received medical care since my retirement from the Army in 2000. I met with Dr. Carlson who recommended pain management and to monitor my condition.

Over the next year, I started to have pain in my right hip. I came in to OSC and met with Dr. Haynes who diagnosed my condition and recommended surgery. At that time, I was very concerned, in fact, averse to hip replacement surgery. I wondered how I could need such a drastic procedure being so young. I told Dr. Haynes that I would prefer to manage the pain and see how it goes. He understood and prescribed me pain medications.

Over the next year, the pain increased in intensity and began to merge with the pain from my lower back injury. I began to take more pain medication and more often. Well, in December 2013, I reached my pain tolerance, as well as my ability for any prolonged standing without intense pain, and I sought out Dr. Haynes. In my visit, he reviewed current x-rays and advised that it was time to fix my right hip. He also believed that he could straighten out my lower back some through the hip replacement, which he believed would help alleviate my back pain. So, I agreed and we scheduled my operation on 5 February, 2014 at the Mary Immaculate Surgical Pavilion .

Through the whole process, Dr. Haynes and his staff were very comforting and understanding of my apprehension and concerns. They went the extra yard to ensure my concerns were minimized. The entire process, from attending the Mary Immaculate Total Joint Classes, Hospital pre-operative admissions testing, hip surgery and recovery was superb. Dr. Haynes and the staff of Mary Immaculate were excellent and provided the best health care I could have asked for. Dr. Haynes met with me the morning of my surgery and again explain what I could expect and that he would be with me throughout the process. He assured me that I would be in good hands. That helped me a lot.

My recovery is well underway and although it is early, I believe through my hip replacement and adjustments I am experiencing less pain from my lower back. I will continue to meet with OSC’s Dr. Carlson for follow-up care should I need to have corrective action done to resolve my back pain.

Don Hollomon – Hip Replacement Surgery

At OSC, they call him ‘the bionic man.’ All told, Don Hollomon has had neck fusion, both knees replaced and hip replacement. As Dr. McFarland describes it, “Each of those procedures puts metal in your body – metal knees, metal hip and a plate and screws in his neck. He’ll be patted down every time he tries to fly.”

Despite having all those procedures, which also include a rotator cuff repair, today Don Holloman describes his physical condition this way: “When I was young, there were 600 things I could do – and I did them all, including marathon running. Now, with all these reparative operations, I can do 400. I don’t worry about the 200 I lost – I concentrate on the 400 I can still do and thank OSC every day for them!”

At 65, he includes running in the 200 things he no longer does; but among the 400 he continues to do are climbing up on the roof, cutting the grass – and zip-lining: strapping himself into a parachute harness and sliding down a line at a speed approaching 30mph, at a hundred feet above the ground. “It’s quite thrilling,” he says.

“Don’s one of those guys who’s always been very active,” Dr. McFarland notes, “and he’s worn out his joints because of it. He’s got a lot of arthritis.” His initial visit to OSC was for rotator cuff issues. “I was in really bad pain,” Don remembers. “I did some research and got a recommendation, and saw Dr. Coleman. He checked it out and did the repair.”

Some time after that surgery, Don began experiencing significant pain in his neck – so significant, he recalls, “that I literally thought I was going to die. I had muscles that weren’t working in my arm, numbness and tingling, and excruciating pain. I even began redoing my will, I was so convinced I wasn’t going to make it.”

Don admits he put off visiting any physician until he could tolerate no more, but when he saw Dr. McFarland in January of 2008, the surgeon described a procedure that would eliminate his pain: a bilateral cervical fusion. “He made it sound as simple as a tonsillectomy,” Don says. “He assured me it would take care of all my pain. And it did.”

Once his neck was resolved, Don was able to concentrate on the growing pain in his knees. “At one point, I couldn’t get my knee in the car without physically grabbing my leg. I went back to Dr. McFarland,” who immediately recognized the bone-on-bone pain syndrome and told Don he needed to have both of his knees replaced. Having heard what he calls “horror stories” about knee replacement recuperation, Don knew he didn’t want to go through that twice. He told Dr. McFarland he wanted both done at the same time.

Bilateral knee replacement is a very rare surgery, Dr. McFarland says. “We do it only 3 or 4 times a year. It’s really for patients who are medically healthy, and who will be aggressive about therapy. It’s a much, much tougher recovery, and there can be complications with bilateral knees if people aren’t motivated to do the work. But with Don, I had no doubts. He’s a former military man; he’s tough and he’s very strong – and he’s got a good support system at home. I had no doubt he’d push right through it.”

“I remember the most important thing Dr. McFarland said to me,” Don says. “He told me that after the operation, there’d be nothing I could do to break my knees. That took away all my limiting factors.” Following the surgery in May 2008, Don stayed in the hospital three days. He acknowledges the recovery was painful, but entirely manageable.

He very quickly returned to an active lifestyle, but by 2010, Don realized the pain in his hip had become an impediment. His visit to OSC resulted in another pioneering procedure: in August, he became the first patient in Virginia to undergo a hip replacement – as an outpatient. “The direct anterior muscle-sparing approach made this surgery possible,” Dr. McFarland explains. “The procedure had become so minimally-invasive, and our anesthesiologists so effective at controlling post-operative pain – and of course, considering Don’s recuperative history – that I was convinced there was no reason he’d need to stay overnight in the hospital.”

Don remembers the day well: “They put my foot in a boot, and put me on a special table so Dr. McFarland could go in to my hip through the front. He didn’t cut anything but skin – so much better going in through the back of the hip with all the muscles that would have to be cut. Afterward, I had zero pain in the hip.” And best of all: “Later that day, the therapist asked if I could stand and walk a bit. I hadn’t taken any pain medication because I wanted to see what it would feel like after the anesthesia wore off.” Don accepted a walker from the nurse, and headed down the hall to the nurses’ station, where he surprised them by lifting the walker over his head and taking several steps. “My hip never did hurt,” he says.

Fourteen days after the surgery, he sent OSC a photo of himself walking down a set of stairs, totally disregarding the handrail. Later, he posted a video of himself, defying anyone to tell which hip had been replaced. Even Dr. McFarland had to look twice.

Not everyone has Don Hollomon’s stamina – or bravado – but today, Dr. McFarland doesn’t hesitate to offer out-patient surgery to his hip replacement patients, if he feels their health, motivation and support systems are appropriate. “It was a natural decision for Don,” he says. “He’s got that great supportive home environment, and he’s a trouper.”

It may well run in the family: several months later, Dr. McFarland replaced Don’s 87-year old mother’s hip. Janet Hollomon had had hip surgery years ago following an accident, with a resulting 5/8” shortening of her leg. Not only did the surgeon replace her hip, he realigned her leg and corrected the shortening within 2-3 millimeters. Today, she walks without a cane, without a walker – and without a limp.

Dr. McFarland isn’t surprised at her result. “Each patient is an individual,” he says. “The procedures themselves are pretty straightforward – you go through the same steps as surgeons to implant the devices each time – but a lot of how patients recover is based on how they follows our directions after the surgery. Some patients don’t necessarily comply with everything we want them to do, and that can impact their outcome.”

He adds, “I typically don’t take patients to surgery unless I really feel that that they need surgery, and unless I really feel they’re healthy enough or compliant enough to have a really good outcome. At OSC, we want to see people do well – we want to see them happy. There are a lot of other options for patients we know aren’t going to have that type of outcome, so more than anything, I have a more conservative philosophy when it comes to surgery.”

As for ‘the bionic man,’ he has a message for anyone who’s been living with arthritic or orthopedic pain. “There’s no reason to suffer,” Don Hollomon says. “Don’t be afraid, and above all, don’t put it off.”