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William L. Mills, M.D.

Specialties:

Back, Neck, Spine

Fellowship:

Spine Surgery

Patient Reviews

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Verified Patient Rating: 4.89 (97 patient reviews and ratings)

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Dr. William Mills completed his bachelor of science degree in biology from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. After completing his degree in biology, he received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Mills then finished an orthopedic residency at the same institution and a fellowship in spinal surgery at the South Texas Spinal Clinic in San Antonio, Texas.

When not seeing patients, Dr. Mills likes working out, playing golf, snow skiing, and boating. He is also actively involved with Canine Angels, a nonprofit organization that rescues dogs from shelters and trains them to become service dogs for disabled veterans and first responders.

Dr. Mills is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: The Citadel, Charleston, SC
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC
  • Orthopedic Residency: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC
  • Spinal Surgery Fellowship: South Texas Spinal Clinic, San Antonio, TX

Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Team Affiliations

  • Aynor High School
  • Carolina Forest High School
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Conway High School

Hospital/Surgery Center Affiliations

  • Carolina Bone & Joint Surgery Center
  • Conway Medical Center

Medical Interests

  • Cervical and Lumbar Fusion
  • Discography
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • ILIF: Interlaminar Lumbar Instrumented Fusion
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Decompression
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • PLIF: Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator (Boston Scientific)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator (Medtronic)
  • TLIF: Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Vertebroplasty
  • XLIF: Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
“I am a 67 year old white male, married and have 2 children, a wife and 2 dogs, plus we have a 98 year old live in grandparent to take care of.; needless to say my hands are full. 2.5 years ago while on a business trip to Atlanta (GA) I got dehydrated and while I recovered from that ailment, I have had pains on my legs and feet, which some Doctors stated were from Diabetic Neuropathy. This diagnosis proved wrong with blood tests and I was sent to Orthopedic Doctor in my area, who checked me out using X-Rays and MRI studies and determined that the 5 lower vertebrae were compressed somewhat, but saw no problems; well he moved away (out of state) to get morne money and I was left with nobody and still had the pain. I went to a Rheumatologist who checked whatever they check and basically said take 2 aspirin and call me in the morning. Then I went to Oncologist/ Hematologist and he tested me with 1 test costing over $7,000; he told me I was POK, except I had a blood issue called Leiden Factor 5 which was deficient. This means my blood clotted quickly, so I should be careful about clots. Then I went to a Neurologist and after finding nothing wrong, he recommended blood transfusions (this is true); me feet, legs and lower back still hurt., but the insurance would not pay the $15,000 a month cost. I even went to one of those witch doctor pain clinics who advertise in the Sunday paper over in Columbia and this guy said he could help by giving me injections of some concoction he mixed up and I said NO. A few weeks later, I read in the State newspaper, he had injected 3 people and they were in the hospital; later 1 died and he went to jail. Boy am I glad that I kept walking. Still in pain, from my feet, legs, hips and lower waist, I decided to start over. Was sent to a local Podiatrist, who after examination, sent me to a different Orthopedic Doctor in Conway. Dr. William MIlls is located in the Conway Medical Center and I was impressed from day 1, with their electronic forms program, to their level of friendliness. After a series of X-Rays and MRI's, he determined the lower 5 vertebrae were compressing and scheduled me for an injection of antibiotics and steroids. This was done to my lower back in 5 places and by the next day the pain was 85-90% gone. I still have the feeling in my feet of walking on cotton, but the pain related to sitting, standing, walking and general movement. After 2 1/2/ years of pain, wasting time driving around and getting nothing but more bills, this change of Doctors is the best thing that I have experienced. I highly recommend to anyone in pain.”
– Hubbard C.
Patient Rating:
5