Testimonials

Deidre Ellington – Non-surgical Treatment for Knee Arthritis

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I am 56 with arthritis in both knees. The pain, stiffness and inflammation started in 2009 has increased with the passing of each year. I was eventually diagnosed with a torn Meniscus in my left knee. Arthroscopic surgery provided some relief. A once very active lifestyle of walking, jogging and rollerskating dwindled to watching television. I was in pain whether I was standing, sitting or lying in bed. Going up and down the stairs became a major undertaking. One day a coworker who had knee replacement surgery told me about Dr. Boyd Haynes III so I made the call and set up an appointment.

Dr. Haynes diagnosed the arthritis, prescribed an anti-inflammatory and recommended visco-supplementation…Supartz. The shots are amazing! My PA, Chris gives painless shots! If you are considering knee replacement I would advise Supartz as an alternative. I am PAIN FREE! I can walk without pain. I can sit without pain. I can sleep all night without the slightest bit of pain. I’m 15 pounds lighter because I was able to return to an active lifestyle. Thank you Dr. Haynes!

Deidre Ellington

Linda Marks – Spinal Cord Stimulator for Pain Management

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I have had back problems and pain for a long time. Sometimes the pain would be so bad, I could barely walk.  I saw Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at OSC and he diagnosed me with many different spine issues. We tried treating these problems conservatively, but I wasn’t getting better. As a result, I finally had to have three different fusion surgeries, one in my neck and two in my lower back, spaced a few years apart. The surgeries helped keep me going and able to work and Dr. Carlson did a great job.  However, I continued to have pain because surgery couldn’t fix everything that was wrong.  I was also having pain in my knees and all over my body.  Dr. Carlson referred me to Dr. Jenny Andrus who does Pain Management.

 

Dr. Andrus diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia and gave me medication which helped. She gave me an injection for my knee pain. However, I continued to have bad pain in my lower back which again was causing issues for me when I stood at work or tried to walk.  Dr. Andrus never gave up and continued to try different therapies to help me.  Finally, she suggested I try Spinal Cord Stimulation.  I agreed.

 

Dr. Carlson permanently implanted the Spinal Cord Stimulator on April 13th.  It has been amazing how it has really worked for me.  I would say my pain has been reduced by 75-80%.  I can now enjoy going outside again and being with my husband, as well as working without being in agony.  I am truly thankful to both Dr. Carlson and Dr. Andrus for helping me walk again without hurting.

Linda Marks.

Francis Glynn – Physical Therapy for Spine Arthritis

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Want to give a shout out for OSC PT –  Dr. Jamie Swale and especially her technician, Maria. I have a lot of arthritis in my lower spine (it’s rampant in my family of 8 siblings). Recently, it flared up considerably. OSC-Ortho Dr. Carlson referred me for PT. Dr. Swale interviewed me and has supervised my progress over the last 6 weeks. I have a couple more weeks to go.

All the techs have helped me well, but Maria deserves top kudos for her thoroughness and rigid execution of all exercises. She stands by; and if you are doing something incompletely, she immediately jumps in to correct your movements so that you get the most advantage of your time and efforts. Early on, tech Heather worked with me, too. She was excellent in recognizing and correcting alignment irregularities in my spine.

In all, my progress is noticeable; and all their work is bearing fruit. Thanks to all.

Francis Glynn

Teresa Dustin – Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

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I am Terrie Dustin, a 63 year old woman, who first contacted Dr. Carlson in 2014 with intense low back pain and intermittent numbness from the waist down. At the time, I was the sole caregiver for my 94 year old mother who had ALZ and I was becoming less and less able to care for her. The spasms in my back were unpredictable as to their severity and duration, so it created an unsafe condition for both my mother and myself.

Dr. Carlson met with me and was very honest and open about my options. He advised physical therapy as a first course of action to help relieve some of the pain and to determine the correct surgical procedure. He and a wonderful team of nurses and therapists helped me through the last 4 months of my mother’s life and then when she had passed away, I was able to have a spine fusion to repair discs L4 & L5 and to address my degenerative discs and osteoarthritis.

The change in my life has been wonderful! My back issues had originally been caused by two incidents as a child and young adult so to have finally found relief after 30 years of spasmodic pain was a dream come true. I couldn’t be more satisfied with the quality and professionalism of everyone associated with my care. I would recommend Dr. Carlson and his team as the best possible choice for anyone in our area. The Orthopaedic & Spine Center and Mary Immaculate Surgical Center were beyond my highest hopes, and I will be forever grateful.

Most Sincerely,
Teresa Dustin
2016

Kenny Hayes – Bicep Tendon Repair Surgery

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Dr. Haynes made my wife and I feel very comfortable and spent a quality of time with us answering all of our questions and explaining my surgery thoroughly. He was very “down to Earth” and we left his office knowing I was in good hands. Before I went down to surgery, Dr Haynes again spoke to us and reassured to us, what we already knew, and made us feel more comfortable.

My torn bicep tendon surgery was a complete success and Dr Haynes called me that evening himself to check on me. I hope I do not need orthopedic surgery again, but if I do, I will not hesitate to call Dr. Haynes. He truly has my highest recommendation.
Kenny Hayes

Jean P. Dennis – Cervical Spine Fusion Surgery

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I am a 70 year old female. I suffered every day for over 3 1/2 years with what I will call varying types of head pain; not headaches. Over that time period I saw seven different Orthopedists and Neurologists including ones associated with Duke University and The University of Virginia. I was prescribed at least 12 different medications. I had sleep studies and tried a CPAP machine, which actually made the pain worse. I went through physical therapy. I had steroid injections into my neck. I received brief short term relief. Fully frustrated, my PCP attempted to get me into pain management. I was turned down by two pain management groups. They didn’t treat “head pain”!

A friend at church told me that he had had treatment at the Orthopedic and Spine Center Pain Management in Newport News. I called the center and was told I needed to be seen by one of the Orthopedists there. I was given an appointment immediately. The day of my appointment I met Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. My life changed. He immediately diagnosed my problem and within a couple of weeks I had Cervical Fusion surgery. I have been PAIN FREE since August 14, 2015.

Coming up on my 1 year ” PAIN FREE ANNIVERSARY”!. Dr. Carlson has literally given me my life back. I would like to thank everyone on the staff for their professional and caring assistance.

Dr. Carlson, to you I extend my sincerest thanks and gratitude.

Jean P. Dennis

Hugh Asbury – Total Knee Replacement

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I am an active, 74 year-old man. Over the past ten years, arthritis had gradually damaged my right knee until I could no longer continue the physical activity necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Walking any distance was painful and as I favored my right knee, I began to have pain in my hip and left knee.

I went to see Dr. Haynes at OSC (Orthopaedic and Spine Center) in February 2016. X-rays revealed bone-on-bone arthritis and after cortisone brought no improvement in March 2016, a total knee replacement surgery was scheduled for April 2016. My knee would never get better without surgery. With surgery, not only would it get better, but I could get back to my normal level of activity.

In less than 6 weeks after surgery, I was back to driving and was able to perform many of my outside chores. After two months, I’m walking two miles twice a week and no longer take any arthritis medicine.

I’m so pleased with the results I’ve experienced. A quick recovery takes hard work. You must do the exercises given before the surgery and be diligent in following the direction of the physical therapist after surgery. It takes work to build up the strength that is lost in surgery. I thank God for the great care from my wife, Dr. Haynes and the staff at OSC. Today, I’m healed.

Hugh Asbury

Barbara Clark – Pain Management for Spinal Stenosis/Spinal Cord Stimulator

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I suffer from Spinal Stenosis. I have had it now for about 6 years. The pain started in my back, then gradually worked its way into my buttocks, thighs and legs. It was horrible and I had trouble doing anything!

I originally saw Dr. Mark McFarland for my problem and he diagnosed Spinal Stenosis. He was wonderful to work with and he told me that I had 3 options: spine surgery, a spinal cord stimulator or to live with the pain. I chose the spinal cord stimulator. I then met with Dr. Jenny Andrus in the Pain Management Department, so that I could try out the Spinal Cord Stimulator to see if it would help me.

I had it permanently implanted in February. Once it was adjusted just right (took 2 months), the pain relief was amazing! I saw a 70% reduction in my pain and decreased my pain medication. Everyone now says “Look at you!”, when I jump out of my chair. I even scrub and wax my own floor now and go to work. I recommend this to anyone with severe pain. It will change your life! Thank you, Dr. Andrus!

Barbara Clark

Jeff Barnes – Bicep Repair Surgery

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Dr. Haynes was excellent. I went to him after suffering a complete tear of my right bicep at the elbow. Dr. Haynes was very thorough and answered all of my questions understanding that I had never undergone any type of surgery prior to this injury. He performed the surgery the very next day and even called my home the night of the procedure to make sure I wasn’t having any post operative issues. The surgery was a complete success with nearly no pain in the recovery process. I would highly recommend Dr. Haynes to anyone who has sustained any similar injury or for any other orthopedic procedure. My experience with Dr. Haynes was excellent from beginning to end….
Jeff Barnes

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