Testimonials

Maureen Hutchens – Spine Surgery

I was unaware of impending back issues when I awoke one morning in July 2010 unable to stand up straight. I had always been apprehensive about back surgery in general, but after listening to Dr. Jeffery Carlson I was reassured that microdiskectomy was the way to end the pain from my herniated disc. He was right.

When I woke up from surgery I immediately felt immense relief. After 5-6 weeks I had fully recovered with no residual ill effects.

I feel that everyone at OSC played their part in making my outpatient surgery a smooth sequence of events. From the moment that the appointments are scheduled, everyone greets you with a smile and a very professional manner. It is a very great convenience that x-ray and MRI services are available on site. Follow-up care is very thorough. I had several questions after I got home, and when I called the office a woman named Barbara Tuori was most helpful and I certainly feel like I owe her many thanks for being available and for her kindness.

Dr. Carlson has my total gratitude and respect. I am delighted to recommend him and the entire office, especially to anyone who might be hesitating about seeking help for orthopedic issues.

Marla Prow Brown – Knee Replacement/Spine Surgery

Never realizing how genetics and other factors would affect me in years to come, I was referred to Dr. Haynes by Dr. Trieshmann – well over ten years ago regarding knee replacement/partial knee replacement – to discuss different avenues available to me. After everything else was tried – it was inevitable that no other solutions would fix my deteriorating knees (and other body parts). Hence, my first knee replacement.

When I met Dr. Haynes many years ago, I was delighted to find an Ortho Surgeon with a sense of humor. Right up my alley!! I also found Dr. Haynes to be compassionate and sensitive to my plight. I am one of those patients who really DOES believe a doctor with a sense of humor in addition to knowledge, skill and experience – positively assists with overall recovery, not to mention putting the patient more at ease.

Since then, needless to say, I have several surgeries from Dr. Haynes. Due to his skills, I was finally able to walk down the halls at school and not hang on to the walls.

The staff at OSC knows me as well—and I kid with them if that is a good thing or not! The Office Staff is very pleasant, highly efficient, organized and helpful when it came to me needing anything from an appointment, records or paperwork.

I trust Dr. Haynes and his P.A. Jamie implicitly. They are also familiar with my home life, pain level, amount of energy I may or may not have, work history, family support, medical history and what effort is required upon returning to work. In order to heal properly with good results, patients MUST (also) be vigilant with Drs. orders, follow through instructions, PT, rest, etc. I have been been a very compliant patient as I do not want to end up as a statistic and be wheelchair bound and avoid any complications that may occur due to my negligence.

Since they do know me so well, it allows me to be honest and open regarding my reason for the doctor visit. I feel as though Dr. Haynes knows I wouldn’t make an appointment – or complain, unless I truly had an issue with either of my knees.

I also dealt with blinding pain that ran up and down my right leg, after a work related fall. I was sent to Physical Therapy centers, and had no choice which ones. Their offices were overcrowded and inept. They took no time to delve into the root of my discomfort. They merely assigned a busy aide to do therapy on my leg.

I requested an appointment with Dr. Carlson @ OSC. – as Dr. Haynes had suggested Dr. Carlson for my ailment. Dr. Carlson sent me to Physical Therapy @ OSC. I met Dave, the Therapist who took my history, symptoms, topped off with a hands on examination. I was in utter disbelief as Dave discovered that the pain in my leg, was due to deteriorated disks in my BACK. I finally found some relief and was very grateful that I had requested Dr. Carlson.

Dr. Carlson’s surgical skills then alleviated yet more bone deterioration in my lower back-and I am grateful to him and his P.A. as well. For the first time in almost 2 years, my leg didn’t hurt.

Over the years, Dr. Haynes has gotten quite popular indeed. I know I have suggested OSC to numerous friends and co-workers.

I am proud to be Dr. Haynes’ and Jamie’s “special” patient!! Thank you!!

Marla Prow Brown
Hampton, Va.

Marie P. Caulford – Spine Surgery

I had two previous neck surgeries, in the past two years, to fuse several disks. I came to Dr. Carlson about a disk in my back and asked if numbness in my arm and dropping things was related. He said no and took some additional x-rays of my neck. He found the problem immediately and said it was something that need to be taken care of sooner rather than later and that the back problem could wait. Needless, to say I was so thrilled that he took the time to have the x-rays done. One of his staff, Kaye, set up the surgery schedule and assisted with the fitting of the neck brace. She answered many of our questions and concerns regarding the surgery, since I had the surgery twice in the past (with unsuccessful results) and was very reluctant of going through a third one. She was most reassuring. Kaye was even available after the surgery, assisting me with follow-up appointments and medication inquiries.

The surgery was a success! I now have full use of my hands and arms again. I can actually feel a handshake, which I could not before. I even feel I stand straighter. It is all thanks to Dr. Carlson. He is definitely the Orthopedic surgeon that you would want for this type of surgery. He is very caring individual and dedicated to his profession. I would highly recommend him. I have already done so to my family and friends.

The entire staff at the Orthopaedic and Spine Center is most courteous and helpful. They are always willing to assist with a change of appointments, even working you in when the calendar is full. They show care and compassion for the patient, which is always reassuring.

Leonora del Rosario Reiley – Spine Surgery/Physical Therapy

After a subpar experience in every way with another local orthopedic group, I finally caved in to my mother-in-law’s advice and made an appointment with Jeffrey Carlson for chronic neck and shoulder pain that had plagued me for over a decade.

I was amazed at the facility. MRI’s and x-rays on site–no traveling to second locations for the aforementioned tests. Efficient billing practices and fast turnover of workmen’s comp and other potentially frustrating forms that come with the medical territory.

Dr. Carlson’s expertise and compassionate manner is evident at every phase of treatment. I feel confident in saying that The Orthopedic and Spine Center is comparable to anything big cities or famous medical facilities, such as Duke or Johns Hopkins, have to offer. After ruling out every other possible treatment, Dr. Carlson performed an anterior cervical diskectomy that went without a hitch, and I have been pain-free since.

I have also used the physical therapy services at OSC and have found them to be excellent. I underwent two rounds of grueling PT at another PT office, so was very pleased when Dave Durham came up with a completely different routine from those I had been prescribed before that banished my symptoms quickly. More important, I can do this routine easily at a gym should my symptoms reoccur.

While I can’t say I look forward to future dealings with OSC, I at least know that I will have the very best care, should I need their expertise down the road.

Sincerely,

Leonora del Rosario Reiley

James Pressick – Spine Surgery

For several years I had been putting up with pretty severe back, pain but was reluctant to have back surgery, considering all the horror stories that had been told. These included people who had back surgery who ended up worse off and some had trouble getting around. After my pain got to the unbearable point which affected my daily life, including stopping playing handball, I decided to see  Dr. Carlson of the Orthopaedic and Spine Center. He discussed all the options, which included surgery, but more importantly, set my fears at rest by explaining the advances in technology and procedures which improves the odds considerably for a full recovery. My surgery was on January 20, 2010. During my five week check-up, I asked Dr. Carlson if there were any restrictions on me, specifically could I play handball. He said no restrictions, so that afternoon I was back on the court. I play handball up to five days a week. My surgery was one year ago, when I was 72 years old. Dr. Carlson gave me my life back so I can enjoy my freedom from pain. Thank you Dr. Carlson!

James Pressick, Poquoson

Jackie Keller – Knee Replacements

My name is Jackie Keller and I am 67 years old. For many years I have needed knee replacements especially my left knee. I have put it off so long because I was afraid to have it done. I have suffered so much and have had to decrease my activities to where my children have had to do my grocery shopping for me. I have not been able to clean my house like I used to and I haven’t been able to go to my grandchildren’s sporting or school events. Every holiday I used to have all of my family over for a home cooked meal and have even had to curtail that because of the pain I was in.

In October, 2009 I hurt my right knee and was referred to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at the Orthopedic and Spine Center (OSC). The moment I walked into the OSC facility, I felt very at ease. The office staff is so friendly and extremely professional. When I met Dr. Carlson on my first visit I was so impressed with his compassion and concern. He explained everything to me and told me that both of my knees were really bad and it was actually bone on bone. I told him I was afraid to have the surgery and he advised me to try having knee injections to see if they helped. His Physician’s Assistant (Tonya) was very caring and extremely gentle when giving me my knee injections. When the injections didn’t help and I was in so much pain with my right knee I knew that I had to do something. I met with Dr. Carlson again and he made me feel so at ease after addressing all of my questions and concerns that I scheduled my surgery for February 3, 2010. I was then referred to his Surgical Coordinator, Kay Dame, and she too amazed me with her caring and concern.

I was really dreading waking up from the surgery because I had heard so many horror stories. When I woke up I was thrilled that the terrible pain I was experiencing with my right knee was gone. I got up right away with the help of the Physical Therapist and walked to the bathroom. It was sore but the relief! felt from being free from that terrible pain kept me motivated. Later I walked down the hall and past the nurse’s station. The therapist told me that I had already passed the goal of walking they had for me. I was so thrilled with how well I was doing. I did so well with my right knee that when I saw Dr. Carlson again I scheduled surgery on my left knee for April 12, 2010. I also did great with that surgery and my therapy. After both surgeries I was on my feet cooking and doing laundry a few days after I got home. I was driving three weeks after my first surgery and two weeks after my second.

I know that the successful outcome of my surgery has been due to Dr. Carlson’s surgical expertise. It has now been four months since my first knee replacement and almost two months after my second replacement. I finally have my life back after so many years of pain. Three weeks ago I was able to go to my grandson’s guitar recital at his high school. I can now go grocery shopping by myself and don’t need to ask for help. I am even walking my dog now which is also something that I have not been able to do. In another week I will go to my granddaughter’s graduation from high school. My daughter said that if needed a handicapped parking place or handicapped seating to let her know because they were very limited. I laughed and said I don’t need that because thanks to Dr. Carlson I have bionic knees now and can walk for the first time in years.

If any of you reading this are having problems with your knees and are like I was and afraid of having the surgery, please don’t put it off. As long as you do what Dr. Carlson tells you and what the therapists tell you, you should be able to have as successful an outcome as I have had. Please don’t spend another day suffering and do make every effort to get yourself back on your feet. It takes a lot of hard work but if I can do it so can all of you.

I owe Dr. Carlson, and all of the OSC staff and all of those who have helped me through both of my surgeries gratitude for helping me get my life back.

Delmar L. Worley – Spine Surgery

I am an eighty-one years old male who was blessed with good to excellent health until 2009, when I began experiencing back problems. I finally had to seek medical help to deal with the pain.

I sought out a well-known neurologist, who diagnosed me as needing major surgery of the spine. He installed metal plates and screws in my spine. I seemed to improve for a while and then began to have back pain again and was unable to stand straight.

I contacted Doctor Jeffrey Carlson of the OSC for a consultation and analysis. Following extensive X-rays and an MRI, he stated that I had a curved spine, joint deterioration and a nerve that was pinched. He said he believed that he could help me but that it would require major, major surgery.

After much consternation and one cancellation, and much urging for my caring, loving family, I agreed to have the surgery.

The surgery went well and four days later I was released from the hospital with specific instructions and a support belt and battery-operated bone stimulator. He gave me a follow-up appointment to check on my progress.

During the follow-up visit, he showed me a comparison of the before and after X-Rays. It was amazing! He had installed metal rods and screws that resulted in correcting the curved spine, and repaired several discs. This has enabled me to again stand straight, and resulted in a gradual decreasing of the back pain. I am very grateful to Doctor Carlson for giving my life back. In my opinion, he is tops in his field. I would highly recommend him for any and all surgeries involving the bones or joints.

Delmar. L. Worley

Cynthia M. Davis – Spine Surgery

I am a 60 year old woman, widowed in January of 2011. In May 2008, I had surgery to repair a ruptured disc at L4-L5. I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and needed to have a rod with screws and a cage inserted in my back to keep it stable while the bone fusion was taking place. It was a long recuperation and a painful one. It took about three weeks to be able to sit upright in the bed, without pain upon doing so. I had to wear my back brace whenever out of the bed, lasting for 3 months. I was told before the surgery that it would take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to recuperate. Later, I was told that it would take at least a full year to totally recover. After approximately 9 months, I began to have recurring pain in my back which was from scar tissue according to my surgeon.

This past summer, I found that I had to have back surgery again. I had developed a ruptured disc at L3-L4. I chose to go to another surgeon this time. I had heard a lot about Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and made an appointment to see him. He sent me for physical therapy and when I did not get better, he ordered an MRI and discovered the new rupture. I scheduled the surgery for July, but was not looking forward to another long recuperation. However; this time, it was different.

This time my recovery was nothing short of marvelous! My surgery was on July 26, 2011. I was out of pain after the surgery and out of the brace within 3 weeks. I went back to work part-time August 15th and returned to work full-time August 22nd. I have gone to physical therapy to strengthen my back muscles to prevent another recurrence and I feel great! I have no pain whatsoever from my back. I look forward to being able to do things I haven’t been able to do for years. The other day, I ran to the elevator, and it did not hurt! I am still amazed and so thankful that I found Dr. Carlson!

Sherry D. Neff – Pain Management

Prior to being treated by Dr. Raj Sureja at the Orthopaedic and Spine Center, I was a patient at another pain clinic in the area. Over a period of seven to eight years, I had numerous injections in my back and I was on a variety of pain medications. By the time I was seen by Dr. Sureja, I was on ever increasing doses of morphine and hydrocodone. The physician at the pain clinic had asked me what my expectations were. I told him that, eventually, I would like to be able to discontinue taking pain medications. He told me that I was being unrealistic and that this would not happen.

After treatment with Dr. Sureja involving radio frequency denervation, I was able to gradually decrease and then stop the pain medications. I am forever thankful to Dr. Sureja and the staff at Orthopaedic and Spine Center for the excellent care I have received.

Sherry D. Neff

Patricia Fox – Pain Management

My name is Patricia Fox and I want to tell you my story. In 2008, I began developing neck pain that started gradually but became very severe. I had trouble driving because I couldn’t turn my neck without pain. Travelling with my husband became miserable, as my neck hurt all the time. I went to see my primary care physician about my pain and he referred me to Dr. Raj Sureja at OSC.

I felt so comfortable talking with Dr. Sureja. He never rushed me and he seemed really interested in my problem and in curing my pain. By listening to my symptoms, he said that he thought he knew what was wrong with me and he told me he would do some tests to make sure he was right. He scheduled me for a Medial Nerve Block and then diagnosed me with cervical arthritis of the neck.

Dr. Sureja recommended that I have a Radiofrequency Ablation procedure to help relieve my pain. During the procedure, I felt some pressure, which was uncomfortable for a short time. I felt some immediate pain relief, but over the next few weeks, I began to feel better and better until I had complete relief of my neck pain. I can drive comfortably again and I can travel, which I really enjoy doing. I can’t tell you how great it is not to have neck pain anymore and I can’t thank Dr. Sureja enough!