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William L. Mills, M.D.
Back, Neck, and Spine

"My goal is not only to fix existing problems utilizing the latest and safest technology available, but also to educate and encourage my patients on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle."

Dr. Mills joined Coastal Orthopedics in 1991. He 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, golfing, 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.


  • The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, 1981

Medical School

  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Charleston, South Carolina, 1985

Residency, Orthopaedic

  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Charleston, South Carolina, 1990

Fellowship, Spinal Surgery

  • South Texas Spinal Clinic, San Antonio, Texas, 1991


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1993, 2013

Hospital Affiliations

  • Conway Medical Center
  • Carolina Bone and Joint Center

Team Affiliations

  • Conway High School
  • Carolina Forest High School
  • Aynor High School

Medical Interests

Phone: (843) 347-7222

Office: Conway, South Carolina

"I was referred to Dr. W. Mills by my primary care physician for ongoing neck and arm pain. The staff at Coastal Orthopedics was professional, caring and knowledgeable. After trying alternatives to surgery, it was finally agreed upon that surgery was needed. Dr. W. Mills spent considerable time with me and my husband explaining the procedure. His patience and understanding were greatly appreciated. Pre-op care, hospital stay, and post-op care all were provided by caring professionals. I am now pain free, have no restrictions and back to being my active self. Thank you, Dr. W. Mills and staff!" – Betty 

"Dr. Mills and his staff were very kind and caring. He replaced discs in my neck and did an outstanding job. I would not hesitate to have him perform any type of procedures in the future. His bedside manner and all patient care on me was phenomenal. I couldn't have asked for a better surgeon. Thank you Dr. Mills and all of your staff." – Tonja S. 

"I had been experiencing severe pain in my right heel. The pain was so bad that I was unable to walk in the mornings or after sitting for more than a half hour. I tried different shoes and insoles to no avail. Dr. Mills agreed to see me (his daughter and my daughter were taking gymnastics together). He asked very specific questions to determine the best treatment for my particular need. Dr. Mills was professional, compassionate and thorough. He really, truly cares about people. He treated me more like a friend than a patient. After his exam, he treated me for plantar fasciitis. I heeded his advice and bought good shoes and quality insoles. I haven't had the pain return. Thank you Dr. Mills and staff, my quality life is much better now." – Reginald A. 

"I broke my ankle on the same day my husband was seeing Dr. Mills and even though I did not have any insurance they said " we will see you and work with you". Everyone has been wonderful and have let me make payments on my bill. We highly recommend the doctors and staff at Coastal Orthopedics. My husband had back surgery with Dr. Mills and is in less pain than he has been in 25 years. He was up walking in less pain the day after surgery and left the hospital that day." – Elizabeth H. 

"I was very pleased with Dr. Mills. He was very kind, compassionate and caring. He did not rush me and answered all my questions. I would definitely recommend Dr. Mills to a friend." – Marlene P. 

"Back is better, meds are working! Yeah!!! Life can return to NORMAL. Blessed!!" – Susan B. 

"I fell 25 years ago down a 30 ft air conditioning shaft and did damage to my whole spine at the age of 38. I have suffered with the pain and have been unable to work since. Meds didn't help, except to take the edge off the pain. Doctors would look at my MRIs and just tell me my back was a mess and there was nothing they could do. I basically became a hermit due to the pain and was unable to stand, sit, or walk for any length of time. My wife and I came to visit some friends in Conway this past winter because the cold made me so much worse in Michigan. He had XLIF surgery 10 months before and the change was amazing. He had no pain, except when he would overdo it out in his wood working shop on a project and that was rare. Oh, I didn't tell you he is 84 yrs old. Before the surgery, he wasn't able to go out there for more than a few minutes. Anyway, he kept telling us to try and go see Dr. Mills, so we finally did. We are now thanking God everyday for our friends pushing us to go see him. Dr. Mills preformed XLIF surgery on my lumbar spine and I was up walking the halls the next day and in less pain than I had been in in 25 years. You are a miracle man, Dr. Mills, and we are so thankful to you for giving me back my life. I still have 1, maybe 2, more surgeries for him to fix my neck and possibly an area in the TSpine, but I am so looking forward to them so that hopefully with Dr. Watson's help also, I can finally be off all pain meds. Between Dr. MIlls skill and procedure and Dr. Watson helping to control the rest of the pain, my wife feels she has a new husband. We can go for walks together, socialize with friends, go camping, and other things I have hurt too bad to do in years. It is amazing to have a life again.Thank you, Dr. Mills for giving me my life back. I can't wait to come back in October for my neck surgery. God bless you and your staff." - Don H.

"After having to wait many months to see a doctor regarding a back problem due to circumstances beyond my control, I was finally able to be seen by Dr. Mills and his staff. The physical and emotional relief from pain began right away. I began a series of medicinal/spinal blocks from Dr. Erin Watson and physical therapy treatments to see if that would solve my problem. Unfortunately, I ultimately had to have surgery. But again, they all made it so easy for me before, during, and after surgery. All of my post-op visits went extremely well. Even when I experienced some pain and had to be seen,  Shan Fu, P.A., was able to get me in and address all of my needs and concerns. I did a lot of research before having surgery because the thought of having back surgery is pretty intimidating, but I feel very fortunate to have been treated by the team at Dr. Mills office. Every team member, from the receptionist to the nursing staff to the administrators, always went above and beyond to help. I would not hesitate to send anyone there for help or if I have any issues in the future I know right where I'm going. Thank you all so very much for everything." - Mike H

"I first saw Dr. Mills for an aching back in 2013. I had x-rays done and showed no signs of problems. In 2014, I had an MRI taken, which showed spinal stenosis and a herniated disc at L5/S1. At first, I did not want surgery, so I got second opinions from other doctors who pulled my chain and tried to make the situation out to be less severe than it really was. I lived in constant pain for 5+ years and it seemed that no conservative treatment options were working for me. I then decided to have Dr. Mills complete my surgery that he recommended, which was an ALIF procedure at the L5/S1 level. Up until my surgery date, I was absolutely terrified. I had massive panic attacks and anxiety. On the day of my surgery, I went in to CMC and the nurses took really good care of me and my anxiety and eased my mind. The next thing I remembered was waking up in recovery. I started feeling a LOT better! The pain I had been going through for many years was GONE! Dr. Mills, being the excellent doctor he is, FIXED MY PROBLEM! I am now 1 week post-op while writing this and I feel amazing considering what I had done to my body a little over 1 week ago today. I am able to walk and do my daily activities, but with some major restrictions to make sure I do not reinjure my back or anything. Of course, I still have surgical related pain, but that will heal. What is amazing is the fact that the pain I had experienced for so many years, pain I thought I'd have for rest of my life, is gone! THANKS DR. MILLS! I would recommend this amazing doctor to ANYONE who is going through back pain. Trust me when I tell you Dr. Mills can and WILL solve the problem if you just take his advice and trust his judgement. I did, and I tell you now, I would do it a hundred times over again because I know the results would be just as amazing as this time! Once again, I want to personally say THANK YOU to Dr. Mills and his amazing staff at Coastal Orthopedics for fixing the problem with my spine. You and your staff are literally lifesavers! Now, I will be able to be the daddy and husband I've so longed to be for so many years once I completely heal from the surgery. Thanks Coastal Orthopedics!" - Timothy S.

"I was in need of a second opinion for my neck condition and was referred to Dr. Mills by a coworker. I drove 56 miles one way to see him. It was the best decision I have made in a long time. The staff was very courteous and helpful. All appointments that were scheduled for tests etc. were done while you were at the office by the friendly staff. These appointments were done within the week if not sooner. There was no waiting 3 weeks for a test and then 3 more weeks to see the doctor again. After the results were back, Dr. Mills said he could help me. I needed a C6 and C7 ACDF. I would say that this office has a really good relationship with the hospital (Conway Medical Center). Before surgery, Dr. Mills requires you go to a short class at the hospital. It took about 2 hours and this class served 2 purposes. One was that we spoke with a physical therapist and were explained what to expect the morning of the surgery and also what to expect during recovery. She also told us what we should do if we were experiencing problems after surgery. The second thing this meeting did was allowed us to get all preadmission test and labs done and meet with the anesthesiologist. They gave us a 3 ring binder with all sorts of information concerning my surgery and what to expect before and after the surgery. I had a copy of my labs, in hand, to take to my doctor when I left this meeting. This appointment to see my doc was also made by Dr. Mills' staff. My MD was impressed with the lab report and the notebook. My MD and his staff were amazed with the detail placed on my surgery by Dr. Mills. All I had to do from here was to show up the morning of surgery. After surgery, I had 2 follow up appointments within 6 weeks and had a clean bill of health. Dr. Mills genuinely cares for your well being. He knows how important it is for you to have relief and not suffer. If you are near Conway, or within a couple hours drive, it would be well worth your time and well being to see Dr. Mills." - Marvin P.