"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. From there, 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.
Dr. Mills is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
"On my second trip to Conway Hospital ER with severe pain in my lower back and leg, the ER doctor referred me to Dr. William Mills at Coastal Orthopedics. After getting an appointment, Dr. Mills had his office schedule a MRI. When I went back for the results, Dr. Mills said I had a herniated disc and lumbar spinal stenosis that could be fixed with an ILIF procedure, which consisted of a plastic spacer and clamp with screws. At 70 years old and never had any kind of surgery, that didn't sound all that appealing to me. I decided to try to deal with the pain with a little bit of medication. Within a week, I was calling back begging for the surgery.
I had the surgery on September 26, 2013. Immediately after the surgery, the pain was gone. I spent one night in the hospital and the nurses were really good. After being released, the first two weeks were a little uncomfortable but the medicine they give you takes care of the pain and you sleep a lot. After the third and fourth week, things got a little better each day. Week six, there was no more pain and no more medicine. I felt good and was looking forward to getting back to normal activities. I must say my first experience with surgery, I was very skeptic especially with the spine, but I couldn't be more pleased with the whole deal. Dr. William Mills and his staff wow, what can I say; they were excellent and they gave me life back. I'm very grateful. Thanks to you all."-- Wayne E.
"I am the wife of Louis Eckert and I thank God for all the physicians' care giving. Not to mention their awesome staffs. We have been in Myrtle Beach for 3 years. Proper diagnosis from Dr. Mills led my husband to Dr. Ramsey. Two successful hip surgeries later, he was playing golf and working until he broke his left foot. Again, the appropriate treatment from Dr. Taylor has led to finally being able to play golf again, take walks, and work. I will be forever grateful to the physicians and staff!" -- Wife of Louis E.
"I am one year post ILIF surgery. I had two discs that needed to be replaced after falling hard on concrete. Dr. Mills, his interns, and staff were there to give excellent care as I walked through my recovery period. I am very thankful for the best of care and would very highly recommend this office to everyone needing orthopedic care. Thanks Dr. Mills, you're the best!!" -- Kathy W.
"I see Dr. Wilkins every three months. I have osteoporosis and arthritis through my whole body and was told I have sclerosis. I have been coming there for years and have always been treated great and am very well pleased." --Catherine M.
"I recently had xlif surgery and am still recovering, however I feel that the surgery has definitely rid me of chronic pain in my lower back. I was active as a senior, the surgery performed by Dr. Mills has allowed me to become as active as I was before the pain." -- Judith B.
"After years of back pain, Dr. Mills suggested an X-LIF, a less-invasive surgical procedure to remedy my problem. My entire experience with him and his staff, both medical and surgical, were top-notch and the procedure went off without a hitch. I would not look any further for orthopedic service in the future than with Coastal Orthopedics." -- Gary C.
"I have suffered with back pain for most of my adult life. I consulted with orthopedic physicians in my hometown, tried chiropractic treatments, injections into the back and into the nerve. The pain became increasingly worse and nothing I tried helped. I called Coastal Orthopedics and spoke with someone there about the different treatments and surgeries that they offered. I then asked my primary physician about what she knew about Coastal Orthopedics and, in particular, about Dr. Mills. I also went on the Internet and read all of the information I was able to find on Coastal Orthopedics and Dr. William Mills. I was impressed with everything I learned and called and made an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Mills. I felt very comfortable making a decision to have Dr. Mills do the surgery that I needed. I underwent surgery on November 2, 2012 and was driving again on November 7, 2012 and went back to work on November 12, 2012. I think this is remarkable after having major back surgery. I would highly recommend Coastal Orthopedics and Dr. William Mills to anyone who is in need of or considering back surgery. I am enjoying being pain free for the first time in years and doing a lot of things that I have not been able to do in many years." -- Sandra M.
"On June the 19th, 2012, I was in an auto accident. At the time I felt some back pain, but thought it was just a strain. I started feeling some discomfort in my right buttocks, and down the right leg. I also could not pick up my right foot and place in down. I then called Coastal Orthopedics and they gave me an appointment with Dr. Mills. He examined me, took X-rays, and after he reviewed them, he set me up with an MRI. The MRI shown some distressed areas of the 3/4 and 4/5 lumbar area. He recommended a treatment called ILIF. I gave it some serious thought and then approved the operation. I am only one month out of the operation and by back never felt better. No more pain in the right buttocks or leg. My foot now has strength and I can walk properly. I am very pleased with the results and thank the staff and Dr. Mills for his help." -- Dennis T.
"I had my second meeting with Dr. Mills and he explained my MRI in great detail which made sense to me and was greatly appreciated. He suggested a few ways we could address the problem. He gave me cortisone shots in the lower spine and prescribed a medication. I am looking forward to seeing him again and see if this is the right path. I have had surgery two times before and hope an alternative course will help. He, like Dr. Ramsey, is a pleasure to go to." -- Richard E.