Testimonials

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

Mark Buckley – Lumbar Fusion Surgery

Image of Dr. Jeffrey CarlsonI was having increased low back pain and difficulty with my legs, causing balance and gait problems. I had been to two other orthopedic surgeons, who stated the required surgery would mean possibly 3-6 months out of work.

I was referred to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, who, after several rounds of x-rays, determined I had a problem that was missed by the other surgeons. The required surgery was a lumbar 3 to 4 fusion, completed as an outpatient.

My recovery has been quick, and I am pain free in my lower back, and, with the help of physical therapy, increasing mobility and strength returning to my legs. I would highly recommend Dr. Carlson for orthopedic spinal concerns.

Mark Buckley 

Nicholas Luccketti – Hip Replacement Surgery

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesFor 40 years, I was an avid runner and loved playing racquetball. But 5 years ago, I had to stop both due to discomfort in my left hip. The idea of a hip replacement was always disconcerting to me; however, last June I decided it was time to act and had the hip replaced by Dr. Boyd Haynes. In my almost 70 years, it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I was released from the hospital the day after surgery and never had to take any pain medication.

I am pain-free, and again playing racquetball a couple of times a week, as well as working out on elliptical and stationary bike 4-5 days a week. And my weekly 4 mile walks now include 2 miles of running!

I am firmly a member of the “I should have had it done years ago” club.

Nicholas Luccketti

 

Mark Anderson – Spinal Fusion Surgery

Image of Dr. Jeffrey CarlsonThis is a follow-up to my October 8, 2018, Spinal Fusion surgery. It is now four months since my fusion. I was cleared by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson in mid January to go about my business, with no limitations.

Frankly, I am amazed at how good my back is feeling. Prior to surgery, I was convinced that I had moderate arthritis up and down my spine, because if I did any exercise, my spine felt like an over-done piece of steak afterwards and ached for the next couple of days. I could not stand still for more than a minute without some focused pain away from the surgical area and the same was true for sitting straight up in a chair.

Now, after each 18 hole round of golf, it feels better and better with little after-play aching or pain, and I have no pain standing around or sitting for meals. Feeling blessed, like I have a new lease on life. Well done, Dr. Carlson!

Mark Anderson

Kyle Haymes – Physical Therapy After Spinal Fusion Surgery

Image of Dr. Jamie SwaleI had a lumbar spinal fusion surgery in August 2018 at OSC with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. He referred me to OSC Physical Therapy with Dr. Jamie Swale and Victoria Skay. These women were great. They listened to my concerns and goals as I wanted to get back to my active lifestyle quickly. The balance between being careful but still challenging was perfect and they got me back to running and swinging a golf club within 6 weeks.

I am five months post-surgery and still using the stretches and exercises they shared with me during my PT. I could not have been more pleased with the entire OSC staff and especially Jamie and Victoria.

Kyle Haymes

Sara F. Ray – Pre-op Testing Discovers Clogged Arteries

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesMany thanks to Dr. Boyd Haynes and his very efficient staff. I needed a hip replacement and had pre-op testing before hand. They found a problem with my EKG and, as I result, I ended up with two stints in my arteries. I will have my hip replacement later. I had no idea that I had very bad artery problems.

Thank God for Dr. Haynes’ staff. I am very happy to be their patient and would recommend Dr. Haynes and his staff very highly.

Sara F. Ray

Janet Chartier – Meniscal Repair Surgery

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesAbout two years ago, my left knee was hurting and I was giving into it by limping and putting most of my weight on my right knee. I was referred to Dr. Boyd Haynes by a friend. He ordered an MRI and found that I had a torn meniscus and loose body in my knee causing the pain. Dr. Haynes reputation is not to be so quick for surgery without trying all other alternatives. I was told that if cortisone shots corrected the problem and lasted three to six months, then that would the best treatment. I had three shots and the last one only lasted only two weeks.

I went back to Dr. Haynes to discuss arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus and to clean out the loose body (arthritis). I was so well informed by Dr. Boyd Haynes and his staff about what was being done, that I felt very confident about my decision to go forward. I so trust the the care I was given, I had no apprehensions of having the surgery done.

On January 17th, I had the procedure.  I found that giving in to the problems of the left knee was actually causing pain in my right knee.  I now walk totally normal, including up and down stairs. As a result, I am so very satisfied.  Thank you for improving the quality of my mobility. I think I will be exercising more now that I have the ability to do so without pain.

Janet Chartier