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Thomas Dickey, Carmi native, recently underwent a successful surgery with Spine and Pain Surgeon Dr. Amit W. Bhandarkar, MD, MBBS, MS. Thomas had been struggling with excruciating back pain for 3 months and was struggling with day to day activities, such as, not being able to stand for more than 30 seconds at a time.  When faced with the decision on what doctor to see for his pain, he made the decision to visit the FMH Horizon Healthcare Grayville Medical Clinic. At the Grayville Clinic, it was determined that Thomas needed more specialized care and he was referred to see Dr. Bhandarkar.


“I had tried five sessions at the Chiropractor with my increasingly pained back and wasn’t seeing any improvement.  I was referred to see a Physician and after Dr. Bhandarkar checked the MRI he knew right away what the problem was, what the next steps to take were, and made me feel completely at ease.” stated Thomas.


Post-surgery, Thomas explained he was walking within 2 hours. As soon as Thomas woke up in his bed from surgery he said he could feel the pain was gone.  This was a huge relief for Thomas. He explained that some people may feel it’s necessary to go to larger hospital in a larger city to find the help they need but it can be done by the local hospitals with your local physicians. Thomas was able to return to work within 2 weeks after his surgery. Thomas was relieved that Dr. Bhandarkar was able to provide him with this life-changing surgery.

According to statistics, one-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. Back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year—that’s two work days for every full-time worker in the country. Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.  Locally, Fairfield Memorial Hospital offers a Spine and Pain Clinic in affiliation with Fellowship Trained Spine and Pain Surgeon Dr. Amit Bhandarkar of Anesthesia Associates of Southern Illinois.  Here we offer many different services with a variety of pain management techniques for many diagnoses.

There is no need for you or anyone you know to struggle with back pain and Fairfield Memorial Hospital is here to help provide you with the help you deserve to restore your hope in a better life.  For more information on Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Spine and Pain Clinic please call 618-842-2082.


In the spirit of keeping you well and well informed, we want you to know that the hospital works closely with the physicians who provide medical care to you. However, Dr. Amit W. Bhandarkar, MD, MBBS, MS, is an independent contractor.