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Man with neck deformity undergoes first-of-its-kind surgery at Kettering Health Network

Man with neck deformity undergoes first-of-its-kind surgery at Kettering Health Network (WKEF/WRGT)

KETTERING, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – A Middletown man with a rare severe neck deformity underwent a first-of-its-kind neurosurgery at Kettering Health Network.

Travis Wells said he was in a lot of pain, and had not been able to look up, drive or work for several years.

He was referred to Dr. Kamal Woods, who is the Medical Director of Kettering Health Network’s Brain and Spine Center.

Dr. Woods said if the surgery wasn’t successful, Wells could become a paraplegic. Despite that, Wells chose to have the surgery.

“Well, literally the world had shifted,” Wells said. “I went from viewing everything from horizontally and down to being able to look people in the eye again, and was actually on my feet day one and talking to Doctor Woods and his staff and looking him directly in the eye. It was amazing.”

During the surgery, Dr. Woods intentionally broke Wells’ neck in four places to straighten his spine.

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