Testimonials: Knee - Meniscus Repairs

John L. Henderson – Treatment for Sports Related Injuries

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesDr. Boyd Haynes first treated me in 2012 for a torn meniscus; an injury that drastically affected my lifestyle and daily schedule. Dr. Haynes diagnosed the injury and explained the nature and severity of the tear, then recommended a course of action for performing a procedure to repair the tear. But then Dr. Haynes did something I was not ready for, something I had not previously experienced from a physician or surgeon…he asked me what I thought was best for me…how did I want to proceed? That might not seem like a big deal, but to me it meant the difference between a physician who treats an injury and a physician who treats a person…an individual.

Since that time, Dr. Haynes has treated me multiple times for other sports-related injuries and performed surgeries and procedures using the same professional AND personal approach. I always find that the staff at OSC is professional, prompt, and thorough in their processing of my visits. I typically take advantage of the new Check-In kiosk which provides me with the option to avoid the normal check-in line, and I believe results in a more efficient check-in process. Thinking back to the numerous times I have visited the OSC complex, whether it be the main physicians’ complex or the MRI facility, I have never had to wait more than a few minutes before being called back to an examination room, and I cannot remember a visit where I waited more than the same few minutes before being seen by the treating physician or other staff member.

I would like to say that I will never again have reason to be treated for orthopedic injuries or conditions in the future, but I am certain that I will. And because of the wonderful care and treatment I have received over the past many years from Dr. Haynes and the staff at OSC, I will not hesitate to trust them with my well-being.

I would like to personally thank Dr. Haynes for his care for me over the years. I have and will continue to recommend his services to family and friends. I consider him more than my orthopedic physician…I consider him as a friend.


John L. Henderson

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

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

Stan Morgan – Partial Knee Replacement and Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair

IMG_5708Dr. Haynes and the OSC staff have been amazing in every way. My wife had hip replacement approximately 5 years ago. She was barely able to walk and was suffering from severe pain in the joint. She now is able to workout at the gym 4 days a week and has no pain whatsoever.

I have had four surgeries by Dr. Haynes. I was a avid runner for over 25 years and as a result, I tore the meniscus in both of my knees over the years. Dr. Haynes performed arthroscopic surgery on both knees and after my first one, I was able to go snow skiing after only 10 days. In February of 2016, I finally had to have a partial knee replacement. My surgery went without any complications and am now able to walk without any pain.

I highly recommend Dr. Haynes and all the OSC staff for outstanding medical care and awesome bedside manner.

Stan Morgan

Michael Boucher – Knee Arthroscopy & Meniscus Repair

Jeffrey Carlson

Rating: 5.0

Dr. Jeff Carlson is fantastic. Ran two miles today (much slower than I am capable of), 11 days after a knee scope, meniscus repair and “oil change”.

Posted by Michael Boucher On Facebook: 10/05/2015

Donald Crigger – Meniscus Repair Surgery

Six years ago, Dr. Haynes scoped my right knee for a meniscus tear and today, I have no pain in that knee.

When I realized I had the same type of tear in my left knee a few months ago, I knew Dr. Haynes would be the doctor to take care of me again. I live in Virginia Beach and it would have been more convenient to find a surgeon closer to my home. However, my experience with Dr. Haynes was so pleasant and successful both times, I would come back to him again if I ever need any other type of orthopaedic surgery. Now I have no pain in either knee and look forward to getting back on the tennis court very soon!

Donald Crigger

Larry Gene Laughery Sr. – Partial Knee Replacement, Meniscal Tear Surgery, Triceps Repair

I have been thinking about writing this, but every time I sit down to write my testimonial on Dr. Boyd Haynes, something else happens. First, my left shoulder. This is how I first met Dr. Haynes. It was a Workers Comp. required visit that I go see him, since other doctors could not find a problem. We seemed to hit it off on my first visit. X-rays and MRI showed nothing. Dr. Haynes said “we will have to do exploratory surgery to find the problem” and did. He fixed it during surgery and 12 years later, I am still going strong. My movement on left shoulder (the one that was operated on) is better than the right shoulder.

Next, about May 5th, 2011, also at work, I dropped a dishwasher, hitting the inside of my left knee, causing a bone to chip. X-rays and the first MRI did not show the chip, so here we go again, into exploratory surgery on my left knee. Dr. Haynes cleaned up the area and fixed the tear.

About two months later, the area of the chip started to hurt all the time. I went back to Dr. Haynes. He was so easy to work with. We did another MRI and not one chip showed up, but two. So Dr. Haynes went back in and pulled one part of the chip out and found the other chip which had gotten behind the knee cap.

I felt somewhat better, then on another visit, I had shots, then we tried some special rooster comb injections, all trying to keep from replacing the knee. On the next visit, I asked about the partial knee replacement. Dr. Boyd said he was sure it would work, but told me that it was my decision. I waited a few months, still hurting in that inside spot.

I called and said “let’s do the partial knee replacement”. And we did and after the replacement, I was pain free.

As soon as I was walking well, I stepped up on the curb in Newport News and blew out my right knee. It sounded like a Bakers Cyst and I could not walk very well. I went to see, who else? Dr. Boyd Haynes. I then had surgery to repair the meniscal tear in this knee and had old scar tissue be removed as well. I am doing very well and still working at 75 years young.

And yeah, around the 9th of April, while moving an appliance (a fridge on a dolly) setting it down, my right elbow bent forward, causing me to tear my right triceps. As Dr. Boyd, (as I call him now since I’m keeping him in business) said, he had only seen one other tear like this, it was so different, he could add this to his list of new things he had to repair.

I have seen a few doctors in my 75 years and Dr. Boyd Haynes happens to be one of the best. His bedside manners are the best, by the way he puts you at ease. I feel very lucky to have Dr. Boyd Haynes as my OSC Doctor.

William (Bill) John Hammett – Meniscal Repair Surgery

I underwent surgery for a torn left medial meniscus (left knee) on February 5, 2015. This problem was first diagnosed in the Fall, but due to a family emergency, I had to reschedule twice. I found the staff friendly and understanding of my situation. My wait times were minimal for both my appointments and the day of surgery. My diagnostic and pre-operative tests were in convenient locations. This is especially the case with the open MRI capability, located within the same building, as well as radiology capabilities within the Orthopedic and Spine Center (OSC) building. I especially liked the after hours availability of the MRI.

My surgery went well and I am happy to report I had no need of the prescribed pain medication. After two days of keep my leg elevated with ice packs, I regained most of my mobility. As I write, this is my fourth post-operative day. My left knee is a little stiff with some swelling remaining. All-in-all, I feel great and as a 70 year old man, I feel great. I have used OSC before, as well as my wife, and we both have 100% satisfaction with the care we received.

Jane Susan Frank – Non-Surgical Meniscal Tear Treatment

In December 2014, I, like thousands of others my age, twisted my leg and had a sharp pain just below the right side of my knee cap. It would not go away, so I wrapped it and iced it, but could not get the pain under control. So, I made an appointment to see Dr. Boyd Haynes at OSC, to get his assessment on what I had done to my knee, knowing it was not going to be a good outcome and surgery was in my future.

He ordered an MRI, and lo and behold, I had a small tear to the meniscus. Now, I was positive I was facing surgery. Dr. Haynes said, no, let try Aleve, 2 pills in the morning and 2 at night for a week and then decrease from 2 at night to 1 at night for a week and then from 2 in the morning to 1 in the morning for a week. If that does not work, we will try a shot before we do the surgery.

Well, I was skeptical. but figured anything is better than surgery. Well, within 2 weeks the inflammation was gone and the knee was so much better.. at the end of the three weeks it was gone. So, I really want to thank Dr. Haynes for not reaching for his knife 1st and cutting, but taking a course of attacking the inflammation first, seeing if that cures the problem and saving me money and painful recovery. It just goes to show you that if you follow instructions on how to treat the injury, you can get very lucky and avoid surgery.

Thank you, Dr. Boyd Haynes, you have a very grateful patient.