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When Smithtown resident Thomas Rosina injured his back at work, other doctors said he would never work again. Yet, a chance conversation with his barber led Thomas to Alan Mechanic, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chief of Neurosurgery at Huntington Hospital. “I had seen a couple of other orthopedic surgeons…, and they were telling me I was finished; I couldn’t work anymore. Dr. Mechanic did the MRI, he checked and said, ‘I can fix this,’” says Thomas. The MRI showed lumbar stenosis, a narrowing of the lower spinal canal, as well as a herniated disc. At Huntington Hospital, Dr. Mechanic performed a lumbar laminectomy, a procedure in which some vertebral bone is removed, and a discectomy, which removed herniated disc material. Despite the assessments of the other doctors, Thomas returned to work after the surgery. “I was amazed, because I was back to work in about a year. Dr. Mechanic was wonderful; his staff was wonderful,” he says. Thomas is still recommending Dr. Mechanic to friends, family, and acquaintances. “I’ve sent probably four people who have had surgeries done, and every one of them is walking around and feels great,” says Thomas.