Testimonials

Allan Cohen – Hip Replacement

Physician– Dr. Boyd W. Haynes III

My name is Allan Cohen. I am semi-retired and live in South Florida. My right hip had extensive arthritis, making it difficult and painful to walk. X-rays showed I needed a hip replacement. Living in South Florida, there is no shortage of good surgeons to perform such an operation. But, I knew the only place to go was Orthopaedic and Spine Center and see Dr. Boyd Haynes.

Dr. Haynes performs hip replacement from the front/side rather than the old, more common rear approach procedure. The results are radical. The pain is greatly reduced and recovery goes from 3-4 months to 6 weeks. After 1 week, I was able to walk without the use of a walker. After 2 weeks, I was able to walk without a cane. It is now 3 weeks and I am taking 20 minute daily walks without pain. I feel 90-95% recovered. It is truly amazing how quickly the recovery took place.

Besides being an excellent surgeon, Dr. Haynes truly cares about his patients and will take as much time as necessary to answer your questions. I feel grateful that this doctor was the one that operated on me.

Dorothy Larson – Hip Replacement

Physician: Dr. Haynes

“Thank you!” Those were my first words to Dr. Haynes at a checkup after recovering from hip replacement surgery. I had been treated for arthritis in my lower back by my local doctor, but I had not had relief. When my husband learned about OSC, I called for an appointment to have my back checked and got one that same week. The x-ray showed the pain was not from my back; it was from my hip!

During the month preceding my surgery, pain and immobility increased to the point where I had to have help lifting my legs into bed. We could hear my joint cracking. I was unable to put on my slacks, socks and shoes by myself. I was walking with a walker and homebound. The hip replacement surgery was done using the anterior method, resulting only in a four inch scar. I had no nausea from the anesthesia. I was up and walking that same afternoon and released from the hospital the next morning. Instant relief! Pretty amazing! I am very grateful to Dr. Haynes and PA Jamie McNeeley for their compassion and professional expertise.

Patsy R. Cutler – Pain Management

Prior to returning to Virginia, I was being treated by a doctor in Oklahoma for severe full body pain. She started me on methadone and similar narcotics. After trying several different types of pain medications, I ended up taking oxycontin for over 5 years. I slept most of the time and was very lethargic. I was sleeping my life away.

I started seeing Dr Sureja at Orthopaedic and Spine Center in August 2009. He immediately started weaning me off all pain medications that I had been taking. As he did this, we started trying other medications that were more suited for my pain. I am now completely off oxycontin and actually look forward to each and every day. I no longer stay in bed for days at a time. I have my life back! Dr. Sureja treats the source of the pain, instead of trying to mask it.

I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Raj Sureja!

Patsy R. Cutler

Nancy Carney – Spine Surgery

I am a 73-year-old retired R.N. who has experienced my share of heavy lifting. Until this past year, I was able to cope with the hip and leg pain I was having, but now it was intolerable. I could walk only short distances and stand for only brief periods. Consequently, I carried a campstool with me so that I might sit as needed. Not receiving any medical support to deal with the problem, I began to look elsewhere. In the early Fall, I saw an article featuring Dr. Jeffery Carlson speaking about spinal problems. My husband, two friends and I attended a seminar on spinal problems and to our amazement my problems were described to a “T”. Dr. Carlson answered everyone’s questions and a tour of the facility followed.

Being a nurse, I had seen countless spinal patients in traction and experiencing more than one surgery to no avail. I vowed not to travel that road and yet here I was sitting across from Dr. Carlson. He listened to my tale of woe, ordered an MRI and gave me a prescription to deal with the pain. What a relief! At my next appointment, he showed us the MRI results, explained my problem and how he could correct it. As it happens, my original diagnosis was inaccurate and the quality of my remaining years would have been greatly diminished had I not sought a second opinion. My surgery was decompression and lumbar fusion and was performed on 12-13-10. Postoperatively, although I had pain from the surgery, the original pain in my hip and leg were gone. For a doubting Thomas, this was a miracle.

The well-organized care, personal attention by Dr. Carlson and the honesty with which he directed my care were impressive and appreciated. My friends, relatives and physical therapist are amazed by the speed and quality of my recovery.

OSC is second to none.

Sincerely,
Nancy Carney

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.