Testimonials: Knee Procedures

John De Mille – Spine and Knee Procedures

In the spring of 2019, I noticed muscle mass disappearing in my lower left leg and loss of strength. After going Dr. Jeffrey Carlsonto my PCM, which happens to be the US Navy since I am retired military, I got a referral out of the USN system to see a Spine Surgeon. I picked OSC, even though it is a long drive and traffic is terrible getting there from Va Beach. Boy, am I glad I did.

Got an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson within a week of contacting them, when I contacted some Docs here in Va Beach, I was told it would be at least 4 months.

Got my MRI done, some back x-rays and met with Dr. Carlson. He gave me what options were available. He did not push surgery, but that was one of the options. I selected surgery, as I had been down the PT road and had been dealing with Sciatica nerve pain several times in the past. I felt surgery was the best option to resolve the bulge disk issue.

After surgery, there were times when I had some numbness and some sciatica pain, but after about four weeks all resolved and no pain or numbness.

Dr. Carlson explained to me everything to expect and it was exactly how he said it would be.

I am very happy and satisfied that I used this practice, Dr. Carlson and his staff were very easy to work with and very informative.

I highly recommend this practice. In the past, when I needed some work on my knee, Dr. Boyd Haynes did it and he was outstanding as well. If you want professionals that are also a pleasure to work with, contact OSC.

John De Mille

Joe Gagliano – Arthroscopic Knee Meniscus Repair Surgery

image of Dr. Boyd HaynesI recently was having serious pain in my knee, and discussing my problem with friends & family, they recommended I make an appointment with Dr. Boyd Haynes for advice. I called the office and had an appointment in a few days. He reviewed the x-rays and examined me, and his initial diagnosis was a torn meniscus. To confirm, he ordered a MRI, and a follow-up appointment, and I was back in the office within five days of my initial visit. His initial diagnosis was correct. He reviewed the test results and explained my options in great detail with me. I am a very active senior citizen, and decided to get surgery quickly so I can enjoy water sports this summer. Dr Haynes explained it was out patient surgery, I’d be laid up for a few days, and should be able to resume activities within a week or so.

The surgery was conducted at Mary Immaculate Hospital. I got there at about 8:00 am, and was home recovering by about 1:00 pm. Dr. Haynes stressed that for 48 hours “I was his”,  that I needed to take pain pills as prescribed, keep my leg elevated above my heart, and constantly keep ice on it. I could walk with crutches or a cane if needed, and don’t baby the knee. The first three days were a little uncomfortable, but by day four, I carried a cane with me, but felt comfortable enough to walk without it. By day seven, I was as active as before, and putting about 15,000 steps on my Fitbit daily.

I feel confident that I made the right decision about having the surgery, and glad I used Dr. Haynes, and the staff at OSC. Day nine was my post-operation visit, and after examination, he said I was doing great, wouldn’t need any Physical Therapy, and to simply get back to enjoying life and the summer.

Many thanks to everyone at OSC and especially Dr. Haynes for his expertise and professionalism…I will continue to recommend him and know if anything else comes up in the future, I’ll be back at OSC…many thanks!

Joe Gagliano, knee surgery

Janet Chartier – Meniscal Repair Surgery

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesAbout two years ago, my left knee was hurting and I was giving into it by limping and putting most of my weight on my right knee. I was referred to Dr. Boyd Haynes by a friend. He ordered an MRI and found that I had a torn meniscus and loose body in my knee causing the pain. Dr. Haynes reputation is not to be so quick for surgery without trying all other alternatives. I was told that if cortisone shots corrected the problem and lasted three to six months, then that would the best treatment. I had three shots and the last one only lasted only two weeks.

I went back to Dr. Haynes to discuss arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus and to clean out the loose body (arthritis). I was so well informed by Dr. Boyd Haynes and his staff about what was being done, that I felt very confident about my decision to go forward. I so trust the the care I was given, I had no apprehensions of having the surgery done.

On January 17th, I had the procedure.  I found that giving in to the problems of the left knee was actually causing pain in my right knee.  I now walk totally normal, including up and down stairs. As a result, I am so very satisfied.  Thank you for improving the quality of my mobility. I think I will be exercising more now that I have the ability to do so without pain.

Janet Chartier

W. Anthony Starkey – Spine Surgery for Disc Herniation

Dr. Jeff Carlson in Spine SurgeryStill Going Strong 13 Years after Successful Back Surgery

Around 1982, I injured my lower back while moving heavy furniture. For the next 23 years the same part of my lower back continued to be periodically susceptible to debilitating re-injuries and frequent pain, but I always managed to get back on my feet with the help of anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy.

Then in the Spring of 2005, I re-injured it yet again, this time much worse than previously. Within a very few days, I regressed from using a cane, to crutches, to a walker, to being bed-ridden. Diagnostic imaging experts at the Orthopaedic and Spine Center determined that my pain and paralysis were being caused by a severely herniated disc which was pressing against my spinal cord. They assured me that surgical intervention was only considered for cases that could not be successfully treated by non-invasive means, such as anti-inflammatory medications or physical therapy, and they scheduled me for immediate surgery to stop the condition from worsening, and to correct the problem. The surgery was skillfully and meticulously performed by Dr. Jeffery Carlson through a small incision, and the moment I woke up in the recovery room I was free of pain and fully mobile.

In the 13 years since the surgery was performed, my back has remained strong and free of pain. In spite of returning to some very challenging and strenuous activities, which include mountain climbing, lumber-jacking and heavy construction, I have had no recurrences of the back injury. Below, I have inserted an exact copy of the message I sent to a friend in 2013 (8 years after the surgery), in response to my friend’s inquiry about the long-term outcome of my 2005 back surgery:

Thanks for asking about my back surgery. It continues to be a total success; there has not been any recurrence of pain or immobility since the surgery fixed the problem on March 25, 2005. The orthopedic surgeon’s name who gave me such excellent help when it was urgently needed is Jeffrey Carlson. Since that back surgery, Dr. Carlson has also repaired some damage to my right shoulder, fixed some mysterious condition that had caused fluid to build suddenly on my left knee, and later he put my broken left knee-cap back together in an unrelated event. (If you ever want to know the definition of real pain, women will tell you it is childbirth, but I suspect that probably only applies to those who have not also broken a kneecap.)

Anyway, none of those other repairs have required any surgery; Dr. Carlson says he only resorts to surgery when another treatment won’t cure the injury. About a year ago [i.e., around 2012], I read in the paper that Dr. Carlson has now become the Chief of Surgery for Mary Immaculate Hospital. I haven’t been hurt since his appointment to that post went into effect, so I am not sure whether he still does bone and joint work with his own hands. [Yes, he does.] But he’d be the first person with whom I would inquire if I ever get hurt again; the man is brilliant, pragmatic, compassionate, and competent.

W. Anthony Starkey

 

David Coes – Knee Replacement Surgeries

I would like to commend my personal physician, Dr. Boyd Haynes, who recently handled both my knee replacement surgeries. Dr. Haynes epitomizes the word “preeminence,” as a consummate professional with both superb skills as a surgeon, as well as an excellent “bedside” manner. I liked his conservative and logical approach to attacking both my knee issues. Due to his professionalism, by the time the decision was made to have surgery, I felt extremely comfortable with Dr. Haynes.

Needless to say, Dr. Haynes made me feel very confident in both procedures, from start to finish. He also did an excellent job with follow up after the surgery. I am now several months out from my knee replacement. I am very grateful to be back to working out and returning to my previous level of activity.

In conclusion, I believe without a doubt, Dr. Haynes sets the standard for service in the healthcare field. My sincere appreciation for the help Dr. Haynes and the OSC team has provided me.

 

Sincerely,

David Coes

Jessica D’Aurora – Physical Therapy after Knee Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In November 2016, I had a tibia tubercle transfer and lateral retinacular release surgery performed by Dr. Boyd Haynes. Shortly after the surgery, I had to start Physical Therapy. It was my second time at OSC Physical Therapy, but my first time with Dr. Tom Toothaker.

Dr. Toothaker is an incredible Physical Therapist. He provided me with honest feedback and kept me focused on my exercises at home.

We worked on not just getting me back to being able to manage day-to-day, but getting me back to being physically active in my cross fit and competitive horseback riding.

I also spent a lot of time under the care of Fred Wintermantel, Physical Therapy Assistant, to Dr. Toothaker. Fred really helped me with my exercises and provided a lot of moral support when I had setbacks or expressed frustrations. Dr. Toothaker, Fred, and technicians Nneka and Hunter really made sure I was doing each exercise correctly and provided me with a lot of guidance. They knew when to push me for more progress safely and also when to correct me for trying to do too much too soon.

 

 

I spent so much time (four months this time, almost 6 total) at OSC Physical Therapy, I felt like I was leaving behind part of my friends/family when I left for the last time. They never made me feel like just a patient or a number, but I always felt like my progress mattered to each of them.

Dr. Toothaker, Fred, Hunter, and Nneka are truly amazing at their jobs and are such caring and compassionate individuals. I owe each of them so much gratitude for all of their help and support these last few months.

Jessica D’Aurora – Tibial Tubercle Transfer and Lateral Retinacular Release – Knee Surgery

In July 2016, I was in a bad horseback riding accident that caused me to separate my AC joint, that’s how I first came to OSC.  I was under the care of Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at the time. After rehab on my shoulder, I started riding and competing again, only to dislocate my knee for the fourth time.

After I had an MRI done and results showed that I needed surgery on my knee, Dr. Carlson referred me to Dr. Boyd Haynes. I was very hesitant at first concerning the surgery, since I’ve had one knee surgery previously and I didn’t want to be out of riding commission for long. Dr. Haynes and staff assured me and addressed my concerns and worked with me on my time frame for recovery.

I ended up having a tibia tubercle transfer and lateral retinacular release surgery in November 2016. Dr. Haynes was one of the best surgeons I could have asked for to perform my surgery. He had such great bedside manner and even followed up with my family at 9 pm the evening of the surgery to check up on me, despite going into the Thanksgiving week. I was very impressed by his caring and professionalism.

I’m currently still recovering and was just released from physical therapy.  I’ve been able to get back to working out and doing cross fit and horseback riding. I still have some recovery to make, but my progress has been great and my knee is much more stable and comfortable than before. I have Dr. Haynes and the great staff at OSC to thank for all of that!

Jessica D’Aurora

Michael Harris – ACL and Meniscus Repair Surgeries

I had Dr. Boyd Haynes replace my torn ACL in my right knee back in 2005. It was my first ever surgery and I was very nervous about the having it done but I wanted to be able to stay active with sports, etc. Dr. Haynes made the surgery and recovery a breeze. And with the help of physical therapy I was back playing in my adult baseball league the next spring.

I just recently experienced swelling in the same knee after hard running workouts. A MRI revealed a tear in the meniscus which required a knee arthroscopy. That turned out to be a piece of cake and I was running a week later.

Dr. Haynes is at the top of his profession and I would recommend him to anyone who has a knee injury or concern.

Michael Harris

Elizabeth Gee – Stem Cell Therapy for Torn Meniscus

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Approximately 2 years ago, I tripped & ended up with a torn meniscus in my knee. The physician, at that time, quickly recommended surgery, which just was not an option for me. I have a full time job, house, 3 pets, a yard, etc. So I dealt with the pain & just hoped it would go away, certainly not get worse.

After setting up a program at The Chesapeake for OSC’s Dr. Mark McFarland to speak to the Community about stem cell injections, I was very impressed with him & the information and scheduled a consultation with him. He determined that I was a very good candidate for the procedure.

Now, almost 3 months later, the ‘creaking’ has stopped, I have no pain, and my knee feels much stronger. It works & the injection did not hurt at all!

Elizabeth Gee

Robert Templeton – Knee Procedures

Haynes2015In 2002 my right knee was bone on bone and painful after researching I found that Dr Haynes was doing a new procedure by inserting a Unispacer I could prolong a knee replacement. He did the operation and I was fine until my left knee was bad with arthritis. In January 2015 he replaced my left knee and we discussed when the right knee would need to be replaced. In late November after looking at the xrays and with me not in pain we decided that replacement was not necessary at this time. Rest assured that when the pain comes back I will schedule Boyd to do the job!!! By the way I am 79 years old and still active thanks to his excellent work.