Testimonials: Orthopaedics

Mike Puckett – Conservative Back Pain Treatment & Spine Surgery

I’ve struggled for a couple of years with lower back pain. After seeking treatment with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, I’ve finally reached a place where my pain is nearly gone. We tried a variety of non-invasive options first. Cortisone shots, x-ray guided epidural shots and of course, physical therapy. I had finally arrived at surgery as the best option.

I was hesitant at first. I wasn’t comfortable about surgery on my spine, but I went through with the procedure . Wow, was I nervous for nothing. I had the procedure done and was home the same day.

I had minimal pain for the first several days , but by the time I returned to have stitches removed around day 10 of post-op, I was pretty comfortable. Then, of all things, I played 18 holes of golf after six weeks post-op with great success (not golf, but surgery).

Dr. Carlson and his team are fabulous professionals who want to get their patients back to enjoying life. I’m forever grateful for the care I received.

Mike Puckett

Nancy Greene – Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Dr. & Mrs. Martin Coleman in surgeryI would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to Dr. Martin Coleman.

He is a trustworthy and excellent surgeon. I was very impressed with the outcome of my reverse shoulder replacement.

I was on the fence for a bit, due to the pain I was experiencing. I was worrying for no reason.

Now, I am pain free and the rotation of my shoulder is 100% better! I am so happy I have Dr. Coleman as my surgeon!!

Nancy Greene

Micheal Burkholder – Lumbar & Cervical Fusion Surgeries

I first had the opportunity to meet Dr. Jeffrey Carlson when he performed a neck fusion on my wife. I was impressed by how much he cared for his patients and his great expertise. I myself had been diagnosed with a fractured L5 by the US Army in 1984 and was informed then that I would require a lumbar fusion sometime in the future.

Well, I was finally able to receive Dr. Carlson’s medical review and recommendations for a fusion procedure (L5-S1), which was performed in March 2020. I was out cutting up trees and spitting wood 3 months later, with no limitations or pain.

Then, in August 2021, Dr. Carlson performed a C5-C6-C7 fusion, due to disintegrated disks. I was out umpiring baseball and doing my normal work two weeks later with no or pain. I have not lost hardly any mobility in my neck or back and do not suffer from any more pain.

I highly recommend Dr. Carlson to anyone who is suffering from back and neck pains. Very professional and efficient in his treatment of his patients.

Micheal Burkholder

Hoyt Davenport, Jr. – Rotator Cuff Surgery

Dr. and Mrs. Martin Coleman getting ready for shoulder surgery in the OR

Rotator Cuff Surgery is not a simple process. I had surgery on left shoulder in 2015 and now the right shoulder in 2022. My left shoulder was a complete success. I have zero pain and complete flexibility. Dr. Coleman performed the surgery and Dr. Carlson was my caretaker before, and after the surgery in 2015 and 2022. I am about 4 months plus out from the 2022 surgery.

I have done home physical therapy and 2 months of commercial physical therapy.. Even though I went 3 times a week for therapy, it took me a while to realize that I really needed to do it at home on the between days. At first I thought that their therapy was all that was needed, even though they told me to do it at home.  I figured that was what I was paying them for.  LOL. It was when I started doing therapy at home, and in the facility that I really noticed improvement.

The improvement/mobility is very slow. At first I could barely reach bottom of steering wheel. It was weeks before I could reach the top. And that seat belt was a painful challenge.  Real success was when I could get my sunglasses out of the car ceiling compartment. The first weeks were difficult as I could barely bath myself.  Getting that other arm pit was very hard, but had to be done, otherwise stinky pits.. Drying my back after the shower was a struggle. A very supportive wife was very helpful.  I found summer surgery better/easier  than winter surgery. In winter surgery, you still have to deal with getting coats off and on, a real pain. Even though I am four months out from surgery, I know that I am not where I want to be in terms of flexibility or strength. I do my own therapy two times a day and sometimes in-between. I also found it difficult to not lift things that were heavier than Dr. Coleman wanted me to. Coffee cup first, then dinner plate, etc.

In summary, the surgery by Dr. Coleman was pretty easy as I had to do nothing but show up. It’s the therapy afterwards that was a “pain”. Oh, by the way, sleeping those first weeks were very difficult. I slept on the bed, the couch, the recliner or anywhere I could get comfortable. I also discovered that sleeping with a thin pillow under the surgery area was extremely helpful.

Good Luck!!!

PS: Wiping your butt was a learning process too if the surgery was done on your predominate hand.  LOL

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Regards, Hoyt

Hoyt Davenport, Jr

 

Diane Kyrus – Mass Removal Surgery

Dr .Joel StewartI have nothing but the highest regard for Dr. Joel Stewart, as well as the staff I have encountered at Orthopaedic and Spine Center, and the people who cared for me on the day of my surgery at Sentara Princess Anne hospital. My surgery has gone remarkably smoothly, and less than two weeks afterwards I am completely back to normal— oh, except without that horrible, painful bump on the bottom of my foot!

I am so grateful to everyone, but especially to Dr. Stewart for his expertise, professionalism and being an all around mensch!

Diane Kyrus

Anonymous – Cervical & Multi-level Lumbar Fusions

Dr. CarlsonFor years, I have heard horror stories about failed spinal fusions and how some patients were never able to walk again after the procedure, so I was very hesitant to agree to any type of spinal surgery. However, I had cervical fusion, performed by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson several years ago, which was a total success and with no complications or symptoms since that time.

After spinal x-rays and a subsequent MRI confirmed significant narrowing of the lower spinal canal which was causing significant pain and weakness, Dr. Carlson recommended L3-5 lumbar fusion. He and his office staff fully explained the procedure as well as what to expect in the postoperative recovery period as well as possible complications. His staff, especially Trish, his scheduler, provided very clear written instructions and expectations for how long recovery might take. She made all the arrangements in advance for post-op visits by home health care and initial physical therapy and provided the necessary back brace and walker, even before the surgery, so it would be available as soon as I left the surgical center. They did not “sugar coat” the postop pain but assured me that it would be manageable (which it was, with minimal need for more than Tylenol after the first few days).

If anyone had told me that I would be walking a mile or more each day and able to drive after two weeks, I would not have believed them. I hope anyone who is contemplating this type of surgery will not hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Carlson, as his excellent skills have put me on the road to recovery months before I thought it was possible.

Name withheld at Patient request

Danny Dickerson – Shoulder Repair Surgery

I am a 54 year old man that had painful shoulder problems that lasted years. I tried to work through the pain, hoping it would get better, but over time it inevitably got the best of me.

I came to the surgery center after a long time of having this pain and limited movement. I ended up having tears off the bone and was told this wasn’t ever going to heal on its own. I had the necessary repairs and re-attachments done to my shoulder through surgery by Martin Coleman M.D. and He did such a phenomenal job I couldn’t be more pleased! Words cant describe his workmanship, his Instructions through recovery and his professional demeaner, which superseded my expectations.

I just want to Thank you so much, Dr. Coleman, for taking such good care of me. I Think you are Awesome!!! I will give you praises always and recommend you to anyone I know that needs shoulder work.  Thanks again & God Bless!

Danny

Christopher Davis – Lumbar & Cervical Spine Surgeries, Spine Care & General Orthopaedics

Mark McFarland, MDI’ve had the sincere pleasure of knowing Dr. Mark McFarland for the past 15 years. In that time, he performed a lumbar microdiscectomy of my L1-L2, a cervical discectomy and disk replacement of my C6-C7, and repaired a torn meniscus in my right knee. In addition, he’s performed several epidural steroid injections and been my general ‘go to’ for all things orthopedic.

I’ve experienced nothing but excellent outcomes, and Dr. McFarland has always exceeded my expectations. Back & neck surgery is scary, we’ve all heard unfortunate stories, but Dr. McFarland approached my case conservatively, strategically, and professionally. During our visits, I’ve never felt rushed – his bedside manner is excellent, and I’ve always felt he listened to me and had my best interest at heart. He even advocated on my behalf with the insurance company to obtain approval for the procedure he deemed best for my unique situation, in my case a cervical disc replacement (vs a fusion). His team is also great – Shelly Bond has been at OSC for the entirety of my relationship with Dr. McFarland, and I always look forward to seeing her too.

I’ve even taken my elderly parents to see Dr. McFarland for issues they’ve experienced over the years, so clearly there is an elevated level of trust (my 91 year-old mother thinks he’s “wonderful!”)

I feel truly fortunate to have met Dr. McFarland as both an amazing spine surgeon and trusted advisor.

Christopher Davis

Sandee Darden – Total Ankle Replacement, tendon repairs and lengthening

I just returned from my one year follow-up appointment, what a difference a year makes! My case was complex, and the patient (me) high-maintenance…and Dr. Joel Stewart took it all on! Dr. Stewart thoroughly examined me and my ankle and laid my options out in a practical and precise manner…he listened to what I wanted in terms of outcome and really helped me to make some difficult decisions. He tailored the operation according to my specific needs…I felt like he was not making me fit into an assembly line replacement factory. For instance, when I was very anxious about the ankle incision opening post-op, he told me he could use stitches, which worked beautifully for both of us! He was very thorough and knowledgeable and never talked “down” to me, I was relieved by his confidence!

The end result was way more successful than I ever could have hoped. I am walking and travelling without a limp or pain, and doing yoga and water aerobics again! If you want a surgeon who is super knowledgeable and will really listen to you before, during and after your journey, Dr. Stewart is your guy. BTW, Thanks!

Sandee Darden (the patient AND the artist)