Testimonials

Joe Gagliano – Arthroscopic Knee Meniscus Repair Surgery

image of Dr. Boyd HaynesI recently was having serious pain in my knee, and discussing my problem with friends & family, they recommended I make an appointment with Dr. Boyd Haynes for advice. I called the office and had an appointment in a few days. He reviewed the x-rays and examined me, and his initial diagnosis was a torn meniscus. To confirm, he ordered a MRI, and a follow-up appointment, and I was back in the office within five days of my initial visit. His initial diagnosis was correct. He reviewed the test results and explained my options in great detail with me. I am a very active senior citizen, and decided to get surgery quickly so I can enjoy water sports this summer. Dr Haynes explained it was out patient surgery, I’d be laid up for a few days, and should be able to resume activities within a week or so.

The surgery was conducted at Mary Immaculate Hospital. I got there at about 8:00 am, and was home recovering by about 1:00 pm. Dr. Haynes stressed that for 48 hours “I was his”,  that I needed to take pain pills as prescribed, keep my leg elevated above my heart, and constantly keep ice on it. I could walk with crutches or a cane if needed, and don’t baby the knee. The first three days were a little uncomfortable, but by day four, I carried a cane with me, but felt comfortable enough to walk without it. By day seven, I was as active as before, and putting about 15,000 steps on my Fitbit daily.

I feel confident that I made the right decision about having the surgery, and glad I used Dr. Haynes, and the staff at OSC. Day nine was my post-operation visit, and after examination, he said I was doing great, wouldn’t need any Physical Therapy, and to simply get back to enjoying life and the summer.

Many thanks to everyone at OSC and especially Dr. Haynes for his expertise and professionalism…I will continue to recommend him and know if anything else comes up in the future, I’ll be back at OSC…many thanks!

Joe Gagliano, knee surgery

Gary Benoit – “Jiffy” Hip Replacement

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesMy name is Gary Benoit and I am 70 years of age.

Dr. Boyd Haynes, Joint Surgeon, completed my anterior right hip joint replacement on 8 May 19. It was much needed, since my limping and pain continued to get worse.

The problem was due to all of my years of attempting to stay healthy, and over time, it finally caught up to me. My right hip was “bone on bone” and needed to be attended to. Pain did increase daily.

After a consult with Dr. Haynes, it was determined my next course of action was a hip replacement. Years of jogging, racket ball, hand ball, all around ball playing, etc., took its toll on me, when I knew it was time to get the hip repaired.

Results of the surgery, left me feeling great and no restrictions after two weeks. Quality of life is super and with no pain. I tip my hat off to Dr. Haynes as he is a great American, skilled surgeon, and a gentleman. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Dr. Haynes.

Gary Benoit

Sandy Friend – Orthopaedic Care for Knees, Hands and Ankles

Image of Dr. John BurrowDr. John Burrow is one of the good guys! The best Ortho Doctor….

The four years I have been going to him, he has saved me from much pain! Now that I’m moving to Rhode Island….I wish I could take him with me! I’m telling anyone, if you want some help in feeling better, knees, hands, ankles…he is the Dr. to go see!

Also, Dr. Burrow sent me to Dr. Boyd Haynes…he too was outstanding! Nothing about OSC I did not like…Thank you!

Sandy Friend

Helen Panags – Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesI had my knee replacement surgery on Feb. 27,2019. I am so grateful to Dr. Boyd Haynes. I wonder now why I put it off for so long. If you can get through the first 7-10 days, you’ve got it made.

I strongly recommend Dr. Haynes. He has done a hip replacement in 2011 and now my knee. Fantastic job on both!

Helen Panags 

Norman Baer – Shoulder Bursa Sac Ablation and Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery

I have been suffering with shoulder problems for over 25 years. I started seeing Dr. Martin Coleman in November 2016 for an enlarged Bursa Sac. I did not want surgery, so we went through all the options, from shots to physical therapy. All helped temporally and I was good with that.

Eventually, my Rotator Cuff tore and we had no other option than surgery. I had Bursa Sac Ablation and Rotator Cuff repair surgery in January of 2019. The results of the ablation were immediate. I have no more pain in my Bursa and no more circulation problems in my arm. I am still working through the Rotator Cuff Repair rehab, but it is going great. I didn’t even need physical therapy.

Dr. Coleman is tough and demanding, but he always has your best interest at heart. If you follow his directions, the results are phenomenal. I give Dr. Coleman a 10 out of 10 and would recommend him to anyone.

About the photo – This isn’t really a hobby. We bought a house last summer and the yard was a wreck. Because of my shoulder issues, I have not been able to do anything about it till now. So I’m very happy that now I can get my yard looking better.

Norman Baer

Lloyd Weddle – Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Image of Dr. Marty ColemanI had extreme pain in my right shoulder when I first saw Dr. Martin Coleman. He told me the only real cure was to have a total shoulder replacement, since there was no repairing the tendons. I am 76 years old, but still have a lot of life in me. So, even though this seemed to be daunting, I chose to do it and the confidence and reputation of Dr. Coleman helped me make this difficult decision.

The preparation was great, from the doctor’s office to the hospital and with  Physical Therapy. Everything and everyone was positive, which helped me heal in every way.

I don’t have any pain in the shoulder since the surgery… just with the stretching and strengthening of the surrounding muscles. I am totally happy with the results.

Lloyd Weddle

Westley Stark – Cervical Fusion and Discectomy Surgery

Image of Dr. Mark McFarlandSerious neck pain and some lost range of motion brought me to OSC to see Dr. Mark McFarland. Dr. McFarland was very helpful by answering all of my many questions, while diagnosing my problem and recommending a course of action.

After some initial conservative measures, we decided to proceed with a Cervical Fusion and Discectomy. As a professional pilot, I was a bit nervous about such a procedure. When the surgery day came, everything seemed to go like clockwork and the results were amazing. Less than 10 days after the surgery, I was back up flying again. At the three month point, I was given the go ahead for any and all activities. My neck no longer hurts and I have 100% of my range of motion. I even grew a quarter of an inch (LOL).

I am very grateful for Dr. McFarland’s skill and professionalism as well as all the staff at the Orthopaedic & Spine Center.

Westley Stark

Stephanie Lovell – Trigger Finger Release Surgery & Non-operative Care

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesDr. Boyd Haynes has given me back my hands! I saw him because of my trigger thumb. First, I had the cortisone shot on my left hand, then my right thumb also developed trigger finger. It could not bend at all.

I was wearing a brace for work and taping my thumb and middle finger at night so I could sleep without them locking in a bent position, because when I would straighten them, the pain was excruciating.

I made an appointment with Dr. Haynes and decided surgery was my best choice for care. It was the right choice. I had the trigger thumb release surgery performed and had a cortisone shot in my middle finger. The healing process was fast and I now have full range of movement in my hand and fingers and no pain at all! I couldn’t be happier.

Dr. Haynes fixed my hands and he and his staff are especially nice and friendly. I am very happy with my care from Dr. Haynes and the Orthopedic and Spine team.

Stephanie Lovell

Alan Gunnerson – Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery

Image of Mr. GunnersonMy name is Alan Gunnerson. I am a 57-year old male that spent several years with increased lower back pain, and over the past two years, extending down my left buttocks and leg to my left foot. I found myself only able to sit for a short period and then had to stand, again, only for a short period. I described myself as a yo-yo; there was no comfortable position. Come to find out that I had spinal disk compression between L4 and L5 and spinal stenosis within the disk area that was irritating my sciatic nerve.

Because I also have an older pacemaker—one that is not MRI compatible—the only scanning I had completed was an initial PET/CT, a follow-up CT scan, and an x-ray before my lumbar operation.

After two 6-week physical therapy sessions that made my pain worse, except for the traction table, and several lumbar epidurals—four to be specific—and an additional cortisone shot on my left piriformis muscle area, I was sent to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson to evaluate my condition. Before seeing Dr. Carlson, I even attended a lecture that described spinal cord stimulation.

Dr. Carlson diagnosed that I had disk compression between L4 and L5 and spinal stenosis that was causing irritation of my sciatic nerve and the only treatment left was to perform a lumbar laminectomy to relieve my sciatic nerve pain.

I had my lumbar laminectomy—a decompression procedure—at the Mary Immaculate Surgical Center on January 16th, 2019. Dr. Carlson removed roughly half of my lamina and bone spurs that were causing the compression of my sciatic nerve. It did not take long for me to feel relief—relief of pain that I had not felt for almost two years.

I was able to go back to work part-time in a week and full-time in two weeks; although with lifting restrictions. At the time of writing this testimonial, I am seven weeks out from my surgery and am no longer on the 20-pound lifting restriction. I am starting physical therapy shortly to strengthen my lower back and core.

Every person’s situation is different, and for me, although I did not want to have another surgical procedure, the lumbar laminectomy worked. For someone that may have similar circumstances, I would recommend talking with your doctor about this type of procedure.

Alan Gunnerson

John Thomas – Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

Image of Dr. Jeffrey Carlson in the OR(Photo of Dr. Jeffrey Carlson in the OR)

I am an active volunteer, kayaker, and skier. A year and a half ago, I was having serious hip pain and nightly leg cramps, sometime lasting for more than an hour. My first x-ray identified a ruptured spinal disc. The recommendation for me was to go to rehab or a chiropractor, but things did not improve.

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson came recommended to me. After several visits with him, it became obvious that surgery was the answer. On January 2nd, I had 10 screws, 2 rods and a spacer installed in my lumbar spine. I was positive on January 3rd, I’d made the wrong decision.

It is now 8 weeks later and I am walking without pain. I am biking, kayaking and best of all, I have not had one leg cramp. I am not discomfort free all the time, but I suspect more improvement as I continue exercising. I am planning my 2020 ski trip.

John Thomas