Kevin Mills, who suffered from neck pain for years, offers hope to those afflicted with persistent pain.
Formerly a licensed exterminator, Kevin Mills used to make a living by removing unwanted pests. However, there was one pesky thing he couldn’t get rid of: his neck pain.
“I’ve had problems with my neck for as long as I can remember,” explains 58-year-old Kevin of Lakewood, New Jersey.
According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, chronic or severe pain affects nearly 50 million American adults.
Kevin’s health took another turn when he began experiencing terrible migraines and couldn’t move his neck at all without being in pain. After having X-rays taken, his doctor advised him to contact a surgeon. That’s when he connected with Dr. Pinakin R. Jethwa, a board-certified neurosurgeon at Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists.
“Kevin’s decision to see a neurosurgeon, instead of another type of surgeon who would have to consult a neurosurgeon, was spot on,” says Dr. Jethwa.
Dr. Jethwa discovered two disks in Kevin’s cervical spine were exerting pressure on the nerves, causing intense pain. He recommended Kevin undergo a two-level cervical artificial disk surgery. During this procedure, the damaged disks would be replaced with artificial disks, restoring the proper alignment and relieving stress on the nerves.
“Naturally, I was nervous about the surgery, especially in light of the fact that I had other health issues,” Kevin shares. “After reviewing everything with Dr. Jethwa, we decided the artificial disk surgery was my best shot for getting better,” Kevin shares.
The surgery lasted only one hour, and Kevin returned home the next day.
At his follow-up visit one month post-surgery, Dr. Jethwa confirmed his neck was fully healed.
“Beyond its restorative ability, one of the most attractive benefits of artificial cervical disk replacement is the fast recovery time,” notes Dr. Jethwa. “Kevin’s story is one of many that proves healing chronic neck pain is possible, and it might be easier and quicker than you think.”
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Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS) is New Jersey’s largest neurosurgical practice and one of the most advanced in the country. For more information, visit www.ansdocs.com.