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.
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.
For 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
I’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.
I had an MRI on my back in 2019. It showed I had some problems and I felt I would likely need back surgery at some future date. I met with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson in early 2020 to see if it was time for back surgery. At that time, I was having more pain in my knee than in the back. He recommended a hip replacement. That turned out to be good advice and Dr. Boyd Haynes did a very successful hip surgery.
On July 4, 2021, I developed severe pain in my back and the back of my legs. I met with Dr. Carlson again and it was time for a Lumbar fusion. He told me 2 weeks after surgery, I would be feeling pretty good. In two months, I would be in good shape.
Things turned out just as Dr. Carlson had predicted. The pain in the back of my legs was gone just after surgery. I am completely satisfied with the outcome of my surgery and consider myself blessed to be feeling so well. My back and legs are pain free.
My next step was back surgery, which I dreaded, but it had to be done. I didn’t want to wait too long, in case it caused more damage to my back . I went to see Dr. Jeffrey Carlson for a consultation to check out my options. After talking to Dr. Carlson, it was a go and plans were made for a Lumbar Decompression and Fusion of the L-3 thru L-5.
I felt very comfortable around Dr. Carlson and knew he was the one I wanted for surgery. I looked on the internet for an animated video of my type of surgery, because I didn’t want to see the real thing and this gave me an idea of what was going to be done . It amazes me how a person can do this kind of craft, but I’m glad it can be done.
My surgery was June 1st of this year and on June 2nd, my pinched nerve pain was gone and as of today, I still have no pinched nerve pain . It was an outpatient surgery, which surprised me. A few friends of mine have had back surgery many years ago and they had a hospital stay and had to sit in a straight back chair for many months during their recovery. My recovery wasn’t bad and I took only a few pain pills during my recovery. Now I’m doing yard work and whatever I want to. I still get a mild lower back ache, which I don’t mind and I will sit for a few minutes, then continue with whatever I was doing. I’m more than happy to have occasional mild back ache compared to what I had before my surgery.
If you need back surgery, it can be a scary thing but a consultation is painless and like it did for me it may set your mind at ease. I would definitely recommend OSC and any of the doctors I saw during my eight year journey. I now consider OSC my one stop shop for joint pain.
After my knee surgery, I started having lower back pain ,which I have experienced in the past. So, again I went to see Dr. Snyder, still in 2013 , and after x-rays and an MRI, it was determined I had Spinal Stenosis, Spondylosis and Sciatica. I have had pinched nerve pain, but it was many years before this diagnosis. I didn’t want to go thru back surgery unless I had to, so my next step was to see Dr. Jenny Andrus to receive Epidurals on each side of my spine in the L-3 and L-4 area.
I went thru these Epidurals two or three times a year, until 2021, when the Epidurals no longer provided the pain relief I needed . Dr. Andrus is a very caring and excellent doctor. I would definitely recommend OSC and any of the doctors I saw during my eight year journey. I now consider OSC my one stop shop for joint pain. Ben Poter
Cody Leeworthy, DPT
After seeing Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and getting an epidural shot to relive pain in my neck and shoulders, he set me up for 6 weeks of Physical Therapy with Cody Leeworthy, DPT and Josh Hancock, PTA along with some fantastic assistants. The more I did the exercises, the more relief I get. Everyone set me up for success and I want to thank all of you for the complete professionalism and courtesy I saw on each trip there. The care I have received, from seeing Dr. Carlson, to Dr. Raj Sureja, then over to PT, has been remarkable!!
In December 2019 I was on crutches struggling to walk due to synovial cysts and severe spinal stenosis caused by degenerative disk disease and spinal instability at 49 years old. I spent 2 years using physical therapy, myofascial release, and huge daily modifications to manage my symptoms and stay mobile. Last December the pain began to be unbearable again and I started to search for new providers and found OSC and Dr. Carlson. I poured through all these reviews and his online blogs and then scheduled a consult. Bringing my last 2 MRI’s and a complete history of everything I had done to date to combat my issues, I was blown away by his confidence and knowledge on exactly what we needed to do. I tried a steroid injection, but it did not hold and was scheduled for a double lumbar fusion OUTPATIENT! Dr. Carlson is a PRO. He is going to do an excellent job, but the really hard work is preparing prior to surgery and being dedicated to your post-surgery exercise and diet (high protein and supplements). Dr. Carlson’s team is like a well-oiled machine from Trish in scheduling to the Home Health Nurses and Physical Therapists (Kristen rocks!) I am now 6 weeks post op, out of my back brace, continuing my STIM machine daily for 2 hours, and starting in person physical therapy to address some lingering muscle soreness. I can walk 2+ miles a day easily, perform all my physical therapy and feel like a brand-new version of me! I am so lucky and blessed to have found Dr. Carlson and TRUSTED him completely to do this. I have had an amazing recovery by putting a lot of time and effort into every phase of the process. If you need spinal surgery Dr. Carlson is the BEST. Get a consult and you will feel the same…living in pain does not have to be an option anymore.
I have seen several doctors at OSC over the years; most recently Dr. Martin Coleman. I was referred to him by Dr. Mark McFarland for shoulder surgery which was successfully completed. Dr. McFarland helped me with back surgeries and knee replacements. In the past, my mother saw Dr. Raj Sureja and we both felt the same about his services and knowledge.
Each experience with the Doctors at OSC has always worked out well. And any interaction with the staff there has only shown me very caring, informative and knowledgeable people.
I would highly recommend the Doctors at OSC – and in addition their support staff.
Thanks for making my surgeries a whole lot easier and with better results than they might have been.
Diana J. Rondinelli