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NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINA, May 23, 2024 On Wednesday, Spine Surgeon Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, performed the first two-level cervical disc arthroplasty, using the Nuvasive Simplify cervical disc implants. The surgery was performed at Coastal Virginia Surgery Center in Newport News, Virginia and was a first for the center and this region.

The two-level disc arthroplasties were performed on a 50-year-old female patient diagnosed with Foraminal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, and disc protrusion at levels C5-7. She had a multi-year history of chronic radiculopathy in the right arm, neck, and shoulder pain, which continued to worsen after conservative treatments. The patient tolerated the two-hour surgery very well and was released to go home after three hours of recovery.

My patients truly benefit from the mobility a disc replacement offers, said Dr. Carlson. The Simplify implant is leading the way as surgical and anesthetic techniques improve toward multi-disc replacement. Its safe for MR scanners and its anatomical design gives me more options in surgery for varying disc height requirements. I like its high success rate which gives my patients better outcomes.

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAOS, is a Spine Specialist, President and Managing Partner of Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, Virginia. Dr. Carlson provides the most advanced treatments for patients with complex to simple spinal conditions. Dr. Carlson is a pioneer in the field of spinal surgery, disc replacement and instrumentation development.

Orthopaedic & Spine Center offers specialized Orthopaedic and Interventional Pain Management services, including spine care, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, total joint replacement, pain management and Workers Compensation Injury Management. They serve patients throughout the Hampton Roads area. Their physicians have full staff privileges at Coastal Virginia Surgery Center and Mercy Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital.

Orthopaedic & Spine Center is located at 250 Nat Turner Boulevard in Newport News, VA. For an appointment, call (757) 596-1900, and for more information on the practice and its physicians, visit

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