Being a fairly active and healthy 66 year old male, suffering from stenosis, an abundance of arthritic spurs and now degenerative discs pinching nerves, I was once again compelled to seek relief. Having had laminectomies on my L2-3 and L3-4 about six years ago to relieve pressure on the nerves, I was once again having nerve issues as a result of disk issues in the same place, not to mention inflammation up and down my spine. Every time I played golf, or even ping-pong, that kept me side-lined for several days after. Feeling frustrated and depressed, I knew it was time to act. I researched a number of spinal specialists in the greater Norfolk area based on patient ratings and other MD insights, and selected several to visit/interview. Armed with a fresh MRI, my wife and I visited them and their facilities. We came away most impressed by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and OSC.
Meeting with Dr. Carlson, we agreed upon a course of action for a fusion involving titanium rods from L2-L4 and were able to get scheduled for the surgery in a convenient time frame. We were “walked” through the process by staff members and given all the necessary accoutrements (back brace, electronic bone growth stimulator, etc.) in advance so we knew what to expect going into and following surgery.
Surgery took place on 8 Oct 2018 and went well. The challenge immediately following surgery was that the pain meds did not keep up with my pain in my hips and thighs for the first day. Once that was ok, I was able to leave the hospital and go home. Walking was not overly difficult, but it did feel as if my hamstrings had been shortened. Lying down and turning side-to-side was difficult, but doable. Pain at the point of surgery was non- existent. OSC coordinated with local in-home visiting nurse and physical therapy care providers to come by and assess and work with me.
I stopped the heavy pain meds after six days out from surgery and just went with the Tylenol, as there was little pain. Walking was encouraged and I was walking .5 miles by the sixth day post-op and 1 mile daily by the tenth day. Met the PT goals short of two weeks and released the in-home care Team. The back support (brace) was very supportive and I used it whenever going out for the first month post-op, even though I did not feel like I needed it. Biggest challenge has been getting my hamstrings stretched back out.
At five weeks post-op, I felt like I was ready to go be active but had to check myself knowing the surgical area needs more time to heal. Our dogs are loving the many walks. Post-op meetings with Dr. Carlson and the OSC Team have been informative and highly positive. Everything looks great on the x-rays and my body agrees.
I am now at six weeks post-op and feeling fine, especially nerve pain wise. Still doing many stretches and strengthening exercises. Will I be able to be more active with my back in the future? It remains to be seen, but I am optimistic. One thing I feel very good about, is that I do not believe the surgery could have gone any better, and believe I was in the best of hands with Dr. Carlson and OSC.
I was blessed to have Dr. Boyd Haynes do the replacement surgery for my left hip in August 2016 and my right knee most recently this past June 2018. With my left hip, I spent two nights in the hospital and had very little pain. With my right knee, I was up and out of the hospital in less then 24 hours!
I was amazed at how good I felt and how little pain I had. I started rehab the next day. Dr. Haynes is very professional and yet very kind and caring. You know exactly what to expect and what you must do to get back on your feet again. He is an excellent surgeon and you know you are in good hands. He’s the best!!
My experience regarding the evaluation and management of my neck (cervical) condition, under the care of my colleague Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson, M.D. has been outstanding. He was highly recommended to me and I am very happy that I chose him as my cervical spine orthopedic surgeon.
His practice includes a state of the art facility and is very efficient and convenient. He employs an excellent support staff and has many convenient on-site ancillary services. The staff at Mary Immaculate Hospital where he performed during my surgery was outstanding and very detail-oriented.
Throughout my encounters with Dr. Carlson, all my questions here answered and he is always accessible, particularly with the convenient electronic communication technology that his practice employs. His medical and surgical expertise and skills are exceptional. He is very personable and is an excellent doctor.
I am very pleased that my posterior cervical decompression and fusion surgery of 4 levels, a very major big-deal for me, went seamlessly well. At 6 weeks post-op, I can say my surgery was a good decision for me, it is a success and I am progressing remarkably well. I very highly recommend Dr. Carlson, without reservation, for his specialty care in orthopedic spine surgery. I thank and praise God for Dr. Carlson and I pray for his continued success and blessing. Thank you, Dr. Carlson.
Samuel Tyson, MD
I am a 69-year-old retired male in generally good health who, at the time, exhibited no orthopedic deficiencies. My spinal problem began on Christmas Day 2015, when I fainted in my bedroom, suffering a compression fracture of my L5 vertebra. Over the next year, I began experiencing pain in my right hip, initially diagnosed as bursitis. Ultimately, as the pain increased, it was determined that a piece of the L5 was impinging on my sciatic nerve, and that surgical repair was necessary.
Dr. Jeffrey Carlson determined that spinal fusion (titanium rod and screws) of the L4-S1 vertebrae was required, and he performed the surgery on Feb. 12, 2018. I have had hardly any pain since. That which I do experience periodically is muscle pain, which is alleviated by following the exercise routine prescribed for me. Dr. Carlson’s team does an excellent job of explaining everything in detail, following up on inquiries, and providing full explanations of the follow-up regimen.
I was concerned that I would not be able to return to my hobby of gardening, but, just as promised, there has been no limitation in that regard, for which I am especially grateful. As I have been telling everyone I know, the procedure went “just as advertised.” In my opinion, and that of others I’ve spoken to in the medical profession here in Hampton Roads, Dr. Carlson is the gold standard. I recommend him as highly as possible.
I’m 71 years old and have been a patient of Dr. Boyd W. Haynes III for over 25 years.
I enjoy being physically active, and, as a result, my body has paid the price. Dr. Haynes has always been keenly aware of my desire to get back into action as soon as possible after injuries, mishaps and age-related conditions. He has performed orthoscopic surgery on both knees (running related), surgically removed calcium build up in my big toe (golf cart accident), treated my shoulder’s AC joint (racquetball) and recently treated 5 broken ribs (cycling). Dr. Haynes followed up each surgery/procedure with a prescribed regimen of exercise and/or rest, as necessary, to resume my normal activities.
In recent years I’ve had a chronic, though tolerable osteoarthritic condition in both knees. Although periodic cortisone injections helped for a while, within less than three months, the pain and locking up of the knee joint would return, making normal physical activities, including golf, difficult to perform at a comfortable level.
Dr. Haynes recommended that I begin a series of three Euflexxa knee injections. The injections were completed in April 2018 and six months later I am still pain free and as active as like to be!
It’s been a great experience to have such a knowledgeable, professional and caring Orthopedic Surgeon, such as Dr. Haynes, take genuine interest in, and positive action toward my health and physical resiliency.
I’m a most lucky and grateful patient.
Thank you Dr. Haynes!
I was experiencing severe lower back pain, and could not stand straight. I could only get relief lying flat on the floor. I tried chiropractic care, heat, cold, and electrical stimulation. Nothing worked. I saw an orthopedic specialist who referred me to Physical Therapy Clinic at the Orthopaedic & Spine Center.
After a few therapy sessions with Dr. Cody Leeworthy and exercising at home, I was standing straight and pain free.
I am so thankful for Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and his team at OSC.
I had a previous back surgery on the L4/L5 region (lower back) with screws and had discomfort from the start. When asking the doctor about it he said “if your not in pain don’t worry about it”. I put up with the discomfort, the clunking feeling when turning from side-to-side until I started getting sharp pains in my hip area. When I went back to my doctor, he decided I just needed physical therapy and steroid shots. I did that for a while, with no relief.
That’s when I decided to get a second opinion from Dr. Carlson and found that the disks above and below my L4/L5 region were slipping. We scheduled surgery, he removed the screws from my previous surgery, that to him seemed “a weird way of doing it”, and I couldn’t feel better. I did physical therapy after surgery and passed with flying colors. As long as I keep up the exercises to rebuild my core muscles and loosen my leg muscles, I should be back to normal (which is different for everyone…lol) in no time at all.
Thank you Dr. Carlson and your staff for the professionalism and courtesy shown to me. There was never a dumb question to ask and they were always helpful. I would highly recommend them if you are looking for help with back issues.
It’s my absolute pleasure to recommend Dr. Paige Tretter at the OSC Physical Therapy Center. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in therapy with Dr. Tretter and the Therapy Techs that she assigned to help me in my therapy. Dr. Tretter’s expertise in therapy is a huge advantage to the entire office. Dr. Tretter has always been an absolute joy to work with in my healing process. Always positive, smiling and kind.
Dr. Tretter and the therapy techs work as true team players with all patients, giving us an positive outlook even when we thought we could not do an exercise, but we did. Dr. Tretter and Therapy Techs won’t let you say you can’t. Oh, yes you can! And we did prevail! I am going to miss that family atmosphere at the Physical Therapy office. Dr. Tretter said you can always drop by and say hello. You can believe I will.
I have arthritis in both knees, my left knee was where I could barely get around, was in a lot of pain and could not lift or move on the left side. After my therapy at OSC, I feel great, more mobile, not depressed and very positive. I will follow all the exercises that I learned to keep myself mobile.
Regina D. McCallum
Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and Dr. John Burrow are the most genuine, professional, patient-friendly doctors. They are not the type to give you a couple of tablets and call them in the morning. They listen to all of your ailments and concerns and treat them, with compassion and understanding.
My knees had been bone-on-bone for some time. I had tried gel and cortisone injections when I lived in Florida. Surgery worried me; the surgery itself, fear of uncontrolled pain, the rehab and the downtime. Dr. Jenny Andrus, Pain Management Specialist at OSC, provided another option: nerve blocks. These did give me temporary relief and the time I needed to come to grips with having knee replacement surgery.
Dr. Boyd Haynes, also with OSC, was totally prepared for my questions about knee replacement. I immediately felt more at ease about the surgery. I did the recommended strengthening exercises prior to surgery. I know this helped me in rehab.
Both of my knee replacements were done as outpatient. Dr. Haynes’ post surgery orders provide for exceptional pain relief. The idea of standing up on a new knee 1-2 hours after surgery is unbelievable, but I did it and was comfortable!
The evening after surgery, Dr. Haynes called to check on me. I have never had a doctor do that…His office called the next day to check again!
I am still rehabbing the 2nd knee. But it is amazing to be able to get out of a chair, walk and stand for extended periods without pain. Now, I kick myself for waiting so long to have knee replacement.
I am forever grateful to Dr. Haynes, Dr. Andrus and the entire OSC team for their expertise and care.