"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.
"The complete experience from the first meeting with my doctor to the physical therapy staff people was great. The staff at Coastal Orthopedics all paid attention to my knee and me. Everything was so well coordinated and went so smoothly. The only issue is one that is pretty much unavoidable, that of waiting for the swelling to go down and being able to do deep knee bends.
I only took painkillers for two days; I did physical therapy exercises at home on the floor. I was using a cane for one week from getting home; I was hitting golf balls two weeks, and riding a bike in three weeks. Thank you for the help." -- Robert S.
"I have arthritis in both knees with the right one being worse. I go until I feel that I can't tolerate the pain any longer and then I go for my shots. I have had only two maybe three shots in the left knee, but have had more in the right knee. My last visit was shots in both knees and the shots have helped tremendously. I am able to go up and down the bus steps much better. I am a special needs bus driver and going up and down the steps several times a day can take a toll on the knees. Thanks for the help and expertise of those working at Coastal Orthopedics! :)" -- Patricia S.
"I have had two knee replacements by Dr. Ramsey and I must admit it was a good experience. Before surgery I could hardly walk without pain. I could not play golf or dance which were my two favorite past times. In the hospital and at home I had minimal pain. Nothing like the stories of many patients who had knee replacements. I was very impressed by Dr. Ramsey's credentials, especially his background in pain management.
The hospital experience was exceptional as well. As a retired nurse and hospital administrator, I would highly recommend Dr. Ramsey and Conway Medical Center to anyone. Today I can walk, dance, and play golf without any discomfort at all. The only thing I regret is the many years of pain I had before I met Dr. Ramsey. He is compassionate and caring doctor as well as an excellent surgeon." -- Carol L.
"My name is Wendy I have had fibromyalgia for 16 years. I had been to several doctors over the years. I realized they either doped me up or did nothing to help me. Until I met Dr Wilkins I was basically homebound. My husband would get me up in the morning because I had to have help getting out of bed. I hurt to bad to go anywhere or do anything. I was depressed and very unhappy.
Dr. Wilkins and Brian gave me my life back. After several attempts with different medications, Dr. Wilkins found a medication that worked. My husband says he has his wife back. I am able to do many things I have not been able to do for years. I feel better and I have Dr. Wilkins to thank." -- Wendy J.
"Very good!" -- William L.
"I liked Dr. Ramsey and all of the staff at Coastal Orthopedics very much. Thank you for all of your help." -- Henry W.
"I could not find another group better than Dr. Ramsey and the staff Coastal Orthopedics." -- Charles O.
"I developed arthritis in my hips, knees, and lower back at a relatively young age. When I was 62, while coming down from a three-step ladder, I missed the last step, and landed very hard with full weight on my right foot. Although I did not experience any pain at the time of the mishap, within the next few weeks I began walking with a serious limp because of the pain that had developed. Following a referral from my regular physician to Dr. Peter Ramsey at Coastal Orthopedics, X-rays showed that my right hip contained numerous bone spurs that were apparently damaged when I took my fall. A cortisone shot reduced the pain somewhat for a couple of months, but Dr. Ramsey advised that hip replacement surgery would likely be in the picture in the near future. I attended one of his seminars describing the surgery, then met with him again, at which this time he explained what was involved in my particular case. He said he would perform the surgery whenever I was ready.
I waited a couple of months and realized the cortisone was merely a temporary means of reducing the pain, but I still walked with a limp. Accordingly, I made the decision to proceed with the surgery. Never having had a major surgical procedure, I was somewhat apprehensive about the unknown. However, my experience at the hospital was much better than I could have ever anticipated. Every person on the hospital staff that I encountered from admissions to pre-op, surgery, post-op, patient room, physical therapy, food-service and cleaning staff was courteous and professional. The food was great and my husband was permitted to stay in the room as much as he wanted, and I was permitted to go home the day after surgery.
I was quite apprehensive about the spinal anesthesia, but even that went smoothly. I awakened immediately upon completion of the surgery and was alert, without any nausea, headache, or pain. My surgery was scheduled for 8:00 a.m. I was ready to eat when lunch arrived at noon. Physical therapy came around 2:00 p.m., and I took my first steps with the walker, putting some weight on my right foot. I went home the following morning. Over the course of the next two weeks, a physical therapist came to my home three times. I spent one week using the walker, then graduated to a cane the second week, and did not need the cane after the second week (except for long walks). It was amazing to witness the healing of the body, especially the way the muscles gained strength steadily over the weeks and months. Five months after surgery I marched two miles in the Memorial Day parade and, after six months, I was given permission from Dr. Ramsey to begin riding my bicycle again. Now, at eight months post-surgery, I am riding an average of ten miles a day on my bicycle (just around the neighborhood in a flat area, and not in a race!!)...and it feels great." -- Sharon R.
"Since moving to Conway in 2006 from Northern Virginia I have had some wonderful experiences with Coastal Orthopedics. My first was with Dr. Preslar regarding rotator cuff problems. I had previously had surgery for this and it was bothering me again. After that I began seeing Dr. Mills for back problems, which ended with lumbar surgery. As we continued Dr. Ross Taylor performed surgery on the arch of my left foot. I have been seeing Dr. Wilkins for pain management for my arthritis and osteoporosis. My experience with the doctors at this facility has been 100% good." -- Nancy C.