Most of us would agree, life can sometimes be a pain in the neck. For me, that sentiment was becoming much too real.

Last year, an MRI revealed compression in my neck that would require surgery immediately. Doctors told me the slightest accident or injury to my neck could cause life-altering damage. So, my wife and I began to ask around for recommendations for a surgeon. She is a surgical nurse and I work in communications with clients in the medical community, so we had access to great resources for advice. Anyone we asked, named the same neurosurgeon, Dr. James Egnatchik.

I could have gone anywhere, but I was really impressed from the moment I spoke with Dr. Egnatchik. The surgery was complicated, but I felt like I was in great hands, and he was so supportive. Dr. Egnatchik performed the surgery at Mercy Hospital where I sensed the same level of professionalism and caring among the nurses and other hospital staff. All went well with the procedure, and I was home after just a couple of nights at Mercy.

I am back to work and enjoying life in my hometown of Buffalo. My experience made me realize how lucky we are to have medical professionals like this right here in Western New York to care for us, which is why is why I want to recognize Dr. Egnatchik.

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With my sincere thanks,

Doug Bean