January 3, 2017
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Susan Miller

Susan began experiencing numbness in her left leg, which affected her ability to walk without dragging her leg. She had been a patient of Dr. Wesley Fowler at Carolina Spine & Neurosurgery Center since 2005, and once again sought his professional opinion. Dr. Fowler's examination revealed that an arachnoid cyst had been pressing on Mrs. Miller's spinal cord in the thoracic area (between her shoulder blades).

Dr. Fowler recommended surgery that would be quite complex and risky as it involved opening the spinal canal itself, but without it. Mrs. Millers' symptoms would undoubtedly worsen over time.

“Doctor Fowler fully explained the procedure, the risk factors involved with this surgery, and the prognosis; he also offered me the option to be referred to other surgeons who may have encountered more cases like mine, but I wanted no one else except Dr. Fowler to work on me,“ Susan said.

The surgery took about 3.5 hours and a few days at Mission Hospital as Dr. Fowler and  the Mission staff monitored Mrs. Miller's condition. The first phase of the recovery period spanned approximately one month, afterwards she began physical therapy which lasted about two more months.

"I am so happy with the results; I am now able to enjoy cross stitching, painting ceramics, and other crafts. as well as spending quality outings with my husband. I am also pleased with my decision to have Dr. Fowler perform this surgery; I have the utmost confidence in him as a person and as a neurosurgeon. He truly cares about the welfare of his patients."

“Doctor Fowler fully explained the procedure, the risk factors involved with this surgery, and the prognosis; he also offered me the option to be referred to other surgeons who may have encountered more cases like mine, but I wanted no one else except Dr. Fowler to work on me.“