Lorraine Saunders – Spinal Cord Stimulator for Pain Management


I have had chronic back and hip pain since the ‘80s. I have tried everything for relief. I have been to chiropractors and all kinds of doctors. Even 5 back surgeries (with rods, screws and even a spine fusion) didn’t fix me and narcotic pain pills did nothing to relieve my pain. Although my physicians meant well and really tried to help me, it seemed like nothing was working. I hurt all the time.

I was referred to Dr. Raj Sureja by my PCP. After seeing Dr. Sureja a few times, he suggested a Spinal Cord Stimulator be implanted to relieve my pain. I was in no way ready to have another surgery. I asked a physician that I trusted, for his opinion. He told me that wouldn’t recommend the Spinal Cord Stimulator. So decided against having it implanted and continued taking my pain medicine, hoping for relief.

To make matters worse, in 2011, I was driving one day and a drunk driver hit my car head-on. My pain level went from bad to absolutely terrible. My pain just kept getting worse and worse. I was desperate for any pain relief.

I again saw Dr. Sureja and he brought up the Spinal Cord Stimulator. I was very reluctant, but I hurt so bad that I thought it couldn’t make things any worse. Dr. Sureja told me that I could even try the Spinal Cord Stimulator for a week, without having it permanently implanted, so see if it helped me. I tried it and it did help with my pain. I decided to have it permanently implanted in 2013.

All of my pain did not immediately go away. I still took pain medication after getting the SCS and the vibration sometimes bothered me. But, I decided to stick with it. One day, I called the Pharmacy to refill my pain medication. After hanging up the phone and thinking about it, I decided that I was done with the pain medicine. It really made me groggy and sleepy. I felt like I was missing out on the important things in life. So, I called the pharmacy and cancelled my order. I stopped my medication cold turkey and I haven’t taken any since. All I take now is Tylenol.

Thankfully, I was able to talk to the person who adjusts the Spinal Cord Stimulator about the vibration I felt and how it bothered me. He was able to adjust it so that I barely feel the vibration anymore, if at all. I am happy to report that the only time I hurt is when the unit battery is low and needs to be recharged. I just tape the battery charger to my back when I go to sleep and then it is recharged when I wake up. What a relief!

I once said that I just wanted to be able to go to the mall with my grandkids, and walk around without pain. I didn’t want much, just that. I can now do that and much more. I am so grateful to Dr. Sureja for recommending this technology. Life is now great!

Lorraine Saunders

Charlene Farquharson – Physical Therapy for Back Pain

pt-2016-groupAttended physical therapy for lower back pain and realignment of hips. During the process I was encouraged by the care shown to me to remedy physical conditions through strengthening and corrective measures.

There were several team members Dr. Jamie Swale, Victoria, Heather, Fred, Maria and Tom who assisted me and their instruction, patience, and encouragement to go further in the therapy aided in my recovery. It can take a village and this group of professionals gets it done. Also kudos to the administrative staff during check-in. The welcome and admittance team keep all on time. Physical Therapy is important in the scheme of wellness. I am glad this team was on my side.

Charlene Farquharson

Ruth Hawkins – Pain Management/Epidural Steroid Injections

After years of dealing with chronic back and hip pain, I decided to see an orthopedic doctor. I chose OSC because they were highly recommended by doctors and friends. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson referred me to the OSC Pain Center when he saw that it would take continued pain management to deal with my spine and hip issues.
I saw Dr. Raj Sureja and he explained that with vertebra problems, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, epidural injections may benefit me greatly. At that point I would’ve tried almost anything. Even breathing was difficult because of the pain. I was unable to work; walking upstairs, vacuuming and carrying much weight at all had become very difficult. I had not been able to exercise for some time and had been on prescription pain medicine for at least 15 years and I was taking narcotics daily just to function.
Dr. Sureja decided epidurals in all 3 regions of my spine would be most effective. I went to the appointments and within a couple days, the pain lessened. Within a couple weeks, I was beginning to do the things I had been doing. When returned for the first follow-up, I still had pain in my neck and was given a second epidural in between my cervical and thoracic regions. After that, I was off and running, I went back to the gym and was shooting hoops (my favorite activity of all). It was an amazing transformation, I felt 20 years younger.
Dr Sureja also referred me to a rheumatologist that examined me and performed numerous tests and was totally amazed at the level of osteoporosis and all that I was able to do (after the epidurals).
I think the most amazing part of this has been the ease at which I could move without pain. Hopping up on chairs to put things in the cabinet (but don’t tell Dr Sureja), cleaning multiple rooms before sitting, going about my day doing errands, working or anything I needed to do, I could do with more comfort. The contrast was amazing. With the pain medication, I could move but it was still stiff and somewhat rigid movements. And I had that groggy feeling all the time or was in pain and sometimes both. It was so much better after the epidurals. The pain relief for me lasted 9 months before it even began to return, which is great news medically and financially. I have spent the last year much happier, with far, far, far less pain and discomfort. My quality of life has increased hugely in my estimation.
Dr. Sureja is one the most professional, caring and expert listener and diagnostician I’ve ever met. His staff is wonderful; always friendly and willing to answer multiple questions multiple times if I forget.

My name is Ruth Hawkins, I am 60 years old and I highly recommend OSC; particularly Dr. Sureja to anyone dealing with pain.

Charles W. Meissner, Jr. – Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Pain



I received an amniotic stem cell injection from Dr. Mark McFarland on October 7, 2015. I realize that everyone is different, but in my case there was no pain or discomfort from the shot, which was identical to the corticosteroid knee shots I had received in the past. There was no pain or discomfort ever following the shot.

For the next 13 weeks, I wore a knee brace when walking around to hold the knee in place, and could take no aspirin or NSAIDs for pain. For the first two weeks, I did nothing but rest the knee. Thereafter, I resumed light activities including exercise at my fitness center, being careful not to exercise my knee. After six weeks, Dr. McFarland took x-rays and pronounced that I was making satisfactory progress. I continued light activities, which included driving to Texas, so I was not home bound.

At 13 weeks, x-rays showed that my cartilage had grown from 2mm to 6mm on one side of my knee, and from 4mm to 6mm on the other side. Dr. McFarland said that I was now mildly arthritic, but that there was possibility of future growth. It has been a year, and the knee feels normal. I chose the amniotic stem cells since they were reportedly the most effective source of stem cells. To date, I have not noticed any symptoms that makes me think that the amniotic stem cells have had any but the desired effect. The result was so successful that I am about to start the same procedure on my other knee.

-Charles W. Meissner, Jr.

William C. Trollinger, Jr. – Reverse Shoulder Replacement



I’m 73 years old and, after 28 yrs. as a firefighter/ part time contractor, my right shoulder had spurs and was bone to bone. There was constant pain and I was not able to lift my arm above my head. I made an appointment with an orthopedic physician. After a MRI, his diagnosis was a shoulder replacement. I was told I would have limited motion, wouldn’t be able to shoot a shot-gun or rifle, may or may not be able to play golf, but I would not have any pain. Not being able to do the activities that I enjoy, I decided not to have the surgery.

Well over a year went by, then just by chance I read an article in the health magazine about Dr. Martin Coleman and the reverse shoulder replacement procedure. I went on-line and read testimonials of complete reverse shoulder replacement surgery and their success. I made an appointment with Dr. Coleman and I was very impressed with his diagnosis that after the surgery and physical therapy, I could do anything I wanted to do. The limit of my success was up to me. He would do his part (surgery), my part was physical therapy.

The operation was performed on June 6, 2016. I started physical therapy on June 20, 2016 at Physiotherapy in Harborview section of Suffolk Va.  After completing my therapy and no pain, I’m ready to start enjoying my hobbies again.

William C. Trollinger, Jr.


Susan Melton – Multiple Orthopedic Surgeries


I love Dr. Boyd Haynes.  He has done double-digit surgeries on me and I’ve always had a great outcome.  He always has a smile on his face and is so welcoming and makes you feel that you are the only patient he has.  I’ve been with Dr. Hayes for over 20 years and will continue with him and recommend him to all my friends.  Thank you, Dr. Haynes, for always putting me back together better than when I first saw you.

Susan Melton

Holly Edwards – Success Story (with Dr. Mark McFarland)


All of their staff is very lovely and that really helps when you come in, mad at the world, because you’re hurting so bad. Dr. Mark McFarland is very thorough, and explains this very well! I drive from the Virginia Beach oceanfront just to receive care from him. – Holly Edwards


Jeannie Marie Jones – Back Pain Treatment


Even though the office is 1 1/2 hours from me, I wouldn’t trade offices for a million dollars. I can call and have my answers immediately and an appointment within a day or two. I highly recommend Dr. Jeffrey Carlson to anyone with the slightest back problem.

Jeannie Marie Jones


Rudolph Pazdernik – Vertebroplasty for Vertebral Fracture


Dr. Raj Sureja didn’t just manage my pain; He eliminated it!

A few years ago, as I was suffering from some sort of a vertebral fracture in my back, I was referred to Dr. Raj Sureja at OSC. The first thing I did was to check him out on the internet and learned that he was a “Pain Management” specialist.

Well, that didn’t sound too good to me, as I could just imagine having to take pain pills and physical therapy for the rest of my life. However, his credentials sounded very impressive, so I went up to see what he had to offer. After he checked my X-rays, he smiled and said, “Oh, we can take care of that with just a little bone cement.”

Well, I’m delighted to report that he did just that! After making a small incision in my back, he placed a little of his “bone cement” on the fracture and within an hour, the pain was not only “managed,” it was GONE! And I am happy to report that it has never come back!

Dr. Sureja deserves a 5-Star rating in my book, and I would be happy to recommend him to my family and friends!

Rudolph Pazdernik 



Betsy Rowe – Trigger Finger Release Surgery



Recently, I had a “trigger” finger problem. Sounds funny or at least it did to me. I visited Dr. Boyd Haynes for an office visit and he injected the site. As he predicted at the time, this was a temporary fix and I would need surgery to correct the situation.

First, let me let you in on the fact that I am not a good patient when it comes to surgery. My big problem is anesthesia (hope I spelled that right). Most doctors don’t really like patients to opt for local anesthesia, but since this was a minor surgery, he (Dr. Haynes) agreed to do a local. Well, it was local and it was a very pleasant experience. I felt comfortable and at ease. Dr. Haynes was professional and explained the procedure as it progressed. This surgery had no surprises, because Dr. Haynes was totally open about the procedure from the first office visit to my follow-up.

Now I know the surgical scar shouldn’t be a big deal, but I don’t think anyone really likes to see scars on their hands. Dr. Haynes used a natural crease in my hand as the point of entry. It’s been 3 weeks and the scar is healing nicely and once completely healed, no one will be able to tell the scar from crease. He has explained that it was possible I could have another one of these trigger problems with my fingers, but if so, then so be it. I know Dr. Haynes will correct the problem quickly, efficiently, and successfully. His trump card is his sense of humor and friendliness which goes a long way with me. If you are looking for a true professional orthopedic surgeon who knows his stuff, then Dr. Boyd Haynes is your physician.

Betsy Rowe