Testimonials

Lucille Harris – Spine Surgery

Physician – Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

I went to see Dr. Carlson for severe back pain which was affecting my ability to do daily tasks like cleaning, bending, standing up after sitting and driving. On the MRI, Dr. Carlson found that I had a cyst on my lower spine which was causing my pain. He explained to me that surgery would be the only thing that would relieve my pain. I told him that surgery was not an option, initially, and I asked him to let me try Physical Therapy.

I did PT for 6 weeks to no avail. I went back to see Dr. Carlson, my pain was getting worse and my ability to do things was diminishing. I was so scared of the thought of surgery at first. But in the time I was in PT and not improving, I came to terms that, in fact, surgery was my only option and I was going to have to do it. It was not an easy decision at my age (84).

I went into surgery and when I woke up, the pain was gone, just as Dr. Carlson had promised. I spend 3 days in the hospital and 23 days in Rehab at Saunders Nursing Home. I healed extremely fast, being that I had two metal rods now in my back and line of staples, too. During my recovery, I did have to wear a back brace all the time and use a Bone Growth stimulator unit to help me heal.

Dr. Carlson was amazed at how well I did in healing so quickly. Six weeks after surgery, I was back to living my life – feeling good – all thanks to Dr. Carlson!

Lois M. Newman – Pain Management

Physician – Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD
I am 76, and was born in Washington, D.C., I was married to a retired doctor for 57 years, who practiced in Richmond, VA for 32 years. I have had lower back and leg pain off and on for 30 years.

Once, my husband and I went to Florida with some friends to play golf when it again struck me down. I had to be taken to AMTRAC by ambulance on a stretcher, passed through a window to a lower berth and then home by ambulance, but it would get better after a few days of rest. X-rays and scans didn’t show why I had it, and my neurologist said to stick with the bed rest program when necessary.

Last year, it hit again, but this time it didn’t respond to the usual regimen. I was referred to a “back pain specialist” by my internist, Dr. Mark Souther, and saw Dr. Jenny Andrus, who tried different medications by mouth and then 3 back injections, which didn’t help.

I was then told about a newer approach and was given a trial for a week with a temporary neurostimulator surgery to see if it worked. It did beautifully! The permanent implantation was then done and my life has been changed; now I have control over my pain without pills and am happy as a lark about it!
Sincerely,

Kim Sliva – Hip Replacement

Physician: Dr. Haynes
In the summer of 2012 I began to suffer acute hip, shoulder and jaw pain. I was diagnosed (and not quickly either) with Rheumatoid Arthritis. My PCP had me on large steroid usage for weeks to alleviate the joint pain and inflammation. My left hip quickly deteriorated and almost became necrotic. I was in a choir with one of Dr. Haynes’ RNs and she highly recommended him. I had to wait a month from consult to surgery, but I couldn’t work anyway, so I waited.

The surgery was a God-send. Dr. Haynes was a God-send. I had the Anterior Left Hip replacement a year ago, on November 21, 2012. I won’t lie: the pain the first 4 days was rough, but that’s what good meds are for. It was almost like a switch was flipped on day 5. Much less pain and an amazing increase in mobility and healing. I had home care PT for 2 weeks and outpatient PT for 3 weeks. I felt amazing. Yes, the muscles, tendons, and nerves were still sore as they shifted back into place, but I was back to work in 6 weeks – I could have gone back in 4 actually. Dr. Haynes’ professionalism, genuine caring, attention to detail, his honesty and gifted surgical hands were indeed a gift. I can truly recommend Dr. Haynes and OSC for expert care.

Kathleen “Kathy” Adams – Knee Replacement

OSC Physician: Dr. Haynes

You SAVED my life! I had seen others before you and they could not fix my knee. You told me I needed a replacement and I was very scared. I had my surgery on 9-12-2012, and went back to work at 6 weeks! I can now shop at the grocery store and no longer have to have my knee drained every few weeks! I even went Christmas shopping! Thank you for being tough on me and asking me to work harder – my leg is almost straight now. I have referred others to you when they complain about their knees. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
P.S. Your staff is awesome!!! 

John Blascak, Jr. – Spine Surgery

Physician: Dr. Carlson
John P. Blasak Jr.
My name is John Blascak and I am from Newport News, Virginia. I am 35 years old, going to Riverside School of health careers to start a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant, and my hobby is weight-lifting. I was seen by Dr. Carlson for severe neck and shoulder pain. Dr. Carlson discovered, thru an MRI, that I had three bad discs bulging on my spinal cord. The bulge was huge and involved discs C5, C6 and C7. Dr. Carlson was excellent at listening and addressing all my concerns.

Dr. Carlson knew how much pain I was in, and that I only had a month off before returning to school, so he made room in his busy schedule to help me. His nurse, Kay Dame, went over everything I needed to set up and answered all my questions. I was scheduled for a cervical discectomy on August 12, 2013. Dr. Carlson was there to visit with me before surgery and took his time going over the procedure and once again addressing all my concerns.
After my surgery, I was surprised at how fast I was up and moving. I was sitting up in bed and standing, even pacing the hospital room floor. Only two hours out and I was eating a burrito from the cafeteria. I was able to walk down the hospital hallway and while out walking, Dr. Carlson walked up as he was coming to check on me. I was doing so well, I did not have to stay the night at the hospital. My throat only had mild pain; I was eating my normal diet that same night.

While I was in my six week recovery, I had no problems. I was even going to the gym and walking on the treadmill only two weeks out of surgery. I even took a trip to Baltimore MD on 9/7/2013, less than four weeks post-op. If I had any questions, Dr. Carlson’s nurse, Kay Dame, was only a phone call away to aid me in my questions. And she would even call to check up on me. I went through the six week healing process with no problems, and the scar is hardly noticeable. People do not notice it until I point it out.

I was cleared to go back to everyday living on 9/27/2013, and I have a full range of motion in my neck. I can freely look up, down, left, right and check blind spots while driving. I was cleared on 9/27/2013 and on 9/28/2013, I was in the gym bench pressing 225 lbs. for 10 reps with no pain or soreness.

Dr. Carlson gave my life back to me and made me 100% again. I am no stranger to surgeries, but this by far was the best surgical experience I have ever had. This surgery was also the first to restore me to my complete prior level of function. Before having the surgery, everyone said that Dr. Carlson was the best, and now I am walking proof to what he can do. Thank you Dr. Carlson for giving me my life back!

Jeff Hughes – Spine Surgery

Physician – Dr. Jeffrey Carlson
Hi, my name is Jefferson (Jeff) Hughes and the following is my testimonial regarding the lower-back surgery performed by Dr. Carlson of the Orthopedic & Spine Center (OSC) of Newport News, Virginia, on 11 June 2012.

I come from a Military family (father retired from the (USAF), served in the USAF and retired with Disability (DAV) after having severe trauma to both knees; and have been a Peninsula resident for the past 40 years.

Currently, I’m a Civil Service employee with the Department of Navy, with 34+ years, and in the final process of “Retirement”, slated for this December of 2012.
From my military upbringing and service to the Government, I’m from the “Old-School, suck it up and keep on going, no-pain-no gain” philosophy. That worked pretty good except as I got older and my body started to tell me more, that aches and pains are not “normal”.

Having been diagnosed and treated for Congestive Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, weight gain (50 pounds over AMA level), during the past year, Depression, Upset/Sour Stomach and “NO” energy, due to the pain that I have experienced over the past 5 years. With the pain (back, arms and legs), I woke up in the mornings- tired, went to work-tired, sat around and tried to perform my duties, and then came home, cooked, fed the dog, took care of my ailing wife, and then go to bed and start the same thing, over and over.

Everything came to a head around the 8th of May 2012, while I was at work; I couldn’t get out of my office chair. I called my Family Physician to see if I could see him that day to find out what was going on. My Supervisor helped get me on my feet , and then to my vehicle, (seemed to be able to drive OK), and upon arrival to my doctor’s office, I was in so much pain that I lost most of the feeling in my right leg. Doctor took a look at me, thinking it could be a reaction to my Cholesterol drug, took me off it and gave me a prescription for pain, a steroid-drug (anti-inflammatory), and referred me to see Doctor Snyder from OSC to check out my lower back.

Upon seeing Doctor Snyder and having (state-of-the-art, in-house) x-rays and MRIs (in the course of 1 week), it was determined that I had a herniated Lumbar Disc that was putting pressure on the Sciatic nerve to my right leg.

Course of action was to “rest”, continue the pain management and to see Doctor Sureja from the OSC-family (OSC is a very close knit line of professional personnel with one goal – to help the patient) to have a lower-spinal Epidural injection to see if that would relieve the pressure on the nerve.

I went back to Dr. Snyder in three weeks after injection and I was still having pain and tingling in my right leg. I was referred to Dr. Carlson to see what other options I had. I had only two (2), try the injection again or surgery. Dr. Carlson explained the procedure and risks and then left it up to me. I told him, I was tired of hurting all the time; that the injection in my opinion, didn’t work, so I gave him the go-ahead for surgery. Doctor Carlson was very informative, as well as his staff, that made the next step (surgery) easy and not stressful. I think my family and friends were more under stress because the nature of my up-coming surgery.

OSC staff was very helpful on scheduling pre-OP appointments, necessary post-OP equipment (walker, Bone Stimulator, in-house nurse visits and PT). On arrival at the hospital on the day of surgery, I met with Dr. Carlson and his team, talked a little bit about what was going to happen and Doctor Carlson told me everything will be fine. Doctor Carlson removed the lamina around my spine, that was putting pressure on the Sciatic nerve leading to my right leg, repaired the herniated disc and then inserted the spinal “fusion” fixation of pins and screws.

Woke up in the recovery room and Doctor Carlson said everything went fine. He asked how I felt, to wiggle my toes and if I had any pain. I felt GREAT, no pain, a little swelling the lower back, but overall GREAT. Afterwards, was moved to my room and the next morning, PT had me up and walking. No stopping since, could sit up, put on my back brace, got out of bed, and with the aid of my walker (only needed it for 3 days) off I went- walking with NO pain. Was discharged from the hospital two (2) days after surgery, went home, had Home-care (nurse daily visits and PT), kept myself mobile and was walking over 1-mile five (5) days after surgery.

Had follow-up with Doctor Carlson ten (10) days after surgery, where the staples were removed, x-rays taken (to make sure everything was in proper position) and where he answered all my questions. I informed Doctor Carlson that after years of no energy, tired all of the time, pain and general depression, I felt GREAT, almost like a 20 year old. Blood-pressure readings are back to normal, I no longer have stomach problems, can actually go up and down stairs with no shortness of breath and the biggest of all – NO PAIN.

Knowing that I have months of wearing of the Back Brace and Bone-Stimulator, if this is all the minor aches and pains I get, bring it on- I’m ready to take back my life and get on with it.

From the bottom of my “Heart” – THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Doctor Carlson and all of the OSC Team. Retirement is looking GOOD now.

Sincerely,
Jefferson H. Hughes

Janice Hoffman – Hip Replacements

Physician: Dr. Haynes

My name is Janice Hoffman, and I am an adjunct English teacher at one of the local colleges. Although I’ve never been athletic, I do lead an active lifestyle, especially since our grandson and his two Chocolate Labs live with my husband and me. Four years ago, I was horrified to learn that I would need a total hip replacement, so much so that I put it off for a year and a half. I had seen doctors here in Williamsburg and had even gone to Richmond for a second opinion, for I was sure they were all wrong; of course, they weren’t. In the meantime, a friend saw an article about an information workshop Dr. Boyd Haynes would be having in Newport News, and knowing how uneasy I was about the whole ordeal, she encourage me to attend. As I sat there listening to the details, I was still concerned about the procedure; however, I was immediately struck by how personal, likeable and funny Dr. Haynes was. I checked his outstanding record as an orthopedic surgeon and knew that when the time came, he would be my choice for this dreaded event, so I scheduled my consultation appointment, confirmed all I needed to know, and then put the surgery off once again.

By spring 2010, however, the physical therapy and meds could no longer prevent the embarrassing limp and crippling pain, so I knew it was time. I remember clearly that right before Dr. Haynes left the pre-op room, he touched me on the shoulder and called me by name. I already knew of his skill as a physician, so for a woman who was afraid of having this surgery, that one simple gesture gave me great peace. I went to sleep and awoke later with a new jiffy hip. The surgery itself went great , and I had a relatively quick recovery. The only problem was that I had issues with the anesthesia, something I swore would not happen again. Fast forward to this time last year when I discovered I would have to have the other hip replaced. Even though I had such a positive experience, I did not want to do this again, but it was inevitable, so this past summer, three years after my right hip replacement, I was back at Mary Immaculate for my left hip replacement. Once again, Dr. Haynes was there to comfort me in pre-op. He encouraged me to speak to the anesthesiologist about my preference, and that doctor was agreeable, so I knew that aspect of the event would be totally different this time. When Dr. Haynes asked how I was feeling right before the surgery, my response was that I was still a bit apprehensive. His quip was, “Well, here’s the good news: I’m not!” We laughed, and again, his kind demeanor put me at ease, and I was ushered into surgery.

I am one of those people who never dreamed she’d have to have both hips replaced, but since I did, I am so thankful I met Dr. Boyd Haynes. I am also one who says she wishes she had done it sooner. I was amazed with how well I did this second time. With the continuing updates in procedures, equipment, and follow-up care, I healed even faster than before. It’s really quite remarkable. When I go for my allergy shots, the nurse always shows me off to the other patients and tells them about my two new hips and how well I did both times. I would never push anyone into having surgery, for we each must make our own decisions; however, I can and do encourage people to check everything out ahead of time, and I always, always recommend Dr. Haynes for his expertise, kindness and sense of humor. For many of us, the bedside manner is as paramount as the skill. This past weekend, my husband, grandson and I were in Colonial Williamsburg strolling and enjoying the beautiful wreaths and decorations of the season. I turned to my husband and said aloud, “Thank you, Dr. Haynes. I can walk here in my favorite place with no pain and no limp because of you. I can walk.” My husband smiled and responded, “Yes, thank you, Dr. Haynes!” This one surgeon’s skill and kindness have affected an entire family unit and we are all deeply appreciative.

James Smith – Shoulder Replacement

Physician – Dr. Martin Coleman
My name is Jim Smith, 68 years old, longtime golfer and always active. I had my left shoulder replaced 4 years ago. Had my right shoulder replaced this year. I started putting 6 days after surgery. I started hitting balls 6 weeks after surgery. It’s been 2 months of physical therapy. Guess what, guys?!!! My handicap is back where it was. I also finally realized what the pros mean about a slow backswing and how hesitation at the top of the backswing generates more power! Thanks Dr. Coleman!

James B. Pierce – Hip Replacement

Physician – Dr. Boyd Haynes

I had a deteriorating hip over a period of 6 to 8 months. Shortly after seeing Dr. Haynes, I had to start using crutches and a wheelchair until he could operate on me using the anterior hip replacement method. The surgery went very well and Dr. Haynes explained what had taken place. He also said that I won the award for “the worst hip of the year”. It is not that way anymore. I used a walker during the first week after surgery, but was walking with no pain in the hip. My muscles were still sore, but that got better very quickly. By the middle of the second week, I would have to try and remember where I had left my cane, as I kept walking off without it and not noticing that it was missing.

To me this was a “miracle surgery”. The new hip never gave me any pain and as my muscles healed, I could do everything that I had been able to do previously with a “normal” hip; even play golf after only 4 weeks.

Dr. Haynes and his staff were kind, caring and knowledgeable. They followed up to make sure everything was going well. Dr. Haynes even added almost 7/8 of an inch to my right leg to level my hips so I wouldn’t be limping anymore. I would recommend Dr. Haynes and his staff to anyone needing a hip replacement.

Harry E. Waters – Spine Surgery

Physician – Dr. Carlson

Last Christmas (2012) I could walk our two Yorkshire Terriers only a few minutes before the neuropathy in both legs caused me to stop. My lower back had been sore for several years. A series of epidurals hadn’t helped. My wife encouraged me to see Dr. Carlson as he had treated her for a neck problem, and the rest is history. A MRI showed the extent of my problem and we determined surgery was necessary.

In February 2013, Dr. Carlson performed a Lumbar Fusion and Lumbar Laminectomy at Mary Immaculate Hospital. I stayed in the hospital for two days and then came home with a visiting nurse and physical therapist. The neuropathy was gone, there was some discomfort for several weeks, but nothing like the discomfort I experienced before the surgery. One of the keys to my recovery was a lot of walking: I wore the legs off a walker going around the neighborhood. I have had two follow-up appointments with Dr. Carlson and all is healing well.

I cannot say enough about the staff at Orthopaedic & Spine Center and Mary Immaculate, they smile and make you feel welcome. Also the physical therapists on the second floor are really good.

The bottom line is that the dogs are enjoying much longer walks and the pain is done. Additionally, my wife says I’m easier to live with.