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Jan Holloman – Spine Surgery

Dear Dr. Carlson,

I want to thank you so much for the excellent care you and your staff has given my family. You have been such a blessing to us, and we want to share our appreciation in hopes that our experiences may be comforting and a confirmation to others who are making decisions regarding their health.

Thanks to Orthopaedic & Spine Center, my left shoulder now feels as good as new.

We first met you when you cared for our son after a traumatic fall at his summer job on July 31, 2003, resulting in multiple fractures, breaks and internal injuries. Your expertise, punctuated by your care and compassion, resulted in a complete recovery for Justin, and a return to college when the 2003 school year began at the end of August, just a month later- far above any expectations we could have had without full faith in God’s miracles and in the care Justin received from you and others on his “team” of doctors.

In 2004, I began experiencing sciatic pain. For the next 2 1/2 years, determined not to have surgery on my lower back, I did everything I could do to address it, including receiving more than 75 chiropractic adjustments from two different chiropractors, physical therapy, massage therapy, ultrasonic therapy, and as a last attempt, even steroid injection therapy with a physician in your group. None of these things offered any relief. With your understanding and gentle guidance, I finally came to the realization that surgery was going to be my only option in gaining the relief I desperately needed. In October, 2007, you performed a microdiskectomy on my L4/L5 disk that had ruptured, a 30 minute procedure in which you simply removed the rather large pieces of disk that had broken off and were lying on the sciatic nerve causing my constant pain. I was totally shocked and so very thankful when I awakened from the procedure to find that the sciatic pain was completely gone!

Then in September of 2010, I began experiencing a pain in my throat. I’m an educator by profession for my “day job”, and additionally, my husband and I are professional musicians providing entertainment for a variety of venues during evenings and on weekends. The pain I was experiencing made it very difficult to talk and sing – catastrophic to both of my passions! Long story made short, after 4 frustrating months and 6 doctors later, you ordered a MRI that revealed a degenerative C6/C7 disk and a bone spur and that was pressing into my esophagus. Your staff was able to schedule me extremely quickly for surgery on January 7, 2011. Following another discectomy and removal of the bone spur, I again awakened to find the pain I had been experiencing in my throat completely gone! I was able to go home that same day (though I had been cleared to stay overnight), and even while wearing the “cute” Miami-J collar, my husband was astounded to hear that I’d slept better that night than I had in weeks! I was able to return to the “desk work” portion of my job on Monday morning for a half day, but was back to full time by the end of the week, and even more remarkable, we travelled to FL and played a gig just two weeks after my surgery. I was able to sing without any difficulty whatsoever! Except for a 20 pound weight-lifting restriction, I have had zero limitations. Incredible!!

I can only attribute all three of these success stories to a Faithful Father whom there’s nothing too difficult for, and to the talent, wisdom and expertise of a phenomenal surgeon, Dr. Jeffry Carlson!

I am a healthy, active woman in my early 50’s, so I never would have expected to have already required two surgeries on my spine! I pray that I won’t need any more intervention for MANY years to come, but if I do, I pray that Dr. Carlson will also be there to provide me with the care, compassion, diagnosis, education, and solution I need to regain the quality of life I’m accustomed to having.


Jan Holloman

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