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Now Available at the FirstHealth Back & Neck Pain Center:
mild® for the Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS)

A degenerative, age-related condition, LSS is a narrowing of the lower spinal canal that causes pressure on the nerves and leads to pain and immobility. FirstHealth is first  in the area to offer LSS patients mild, a groundbreaking new procedure that safely and therapeutically reduces pain and improves mobility while maintainzing the spine’s structural stability.* Many mild patients report immediate relief, and most go home the same day.

Why mild?
mild provides a new and safe therapeutic option for LSS sufferers who are no longer responding to conservative care (physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic) and symptom management (medications, epidural steroid injections [ESIs], pain pumps) but who are not candidates for more invasive lumbar spine decompression surgeries or fusion.

How mild works
mild provides relief for patients by removing a primary cause of LSS. During the procedure, the physician uses mild devices to remove small pieces of bone and the tissue causing the pressure on the nerves. Performed under image guidance through a 5.1 mm mild Portal (about the diameter of a pencil), mild requires only an adhesive bandage for closure.

mild safety and efficacy
The mild procedure and devices have been proven safe and effective in several clinical studies. Data have shown that mild patients experienced consistent, statistically significant improvement in pain and function as well as physical well-being following treatment.  No major adverse events related to the devices or the procedure has been reported.

The treatment for LSS includes conservative care, such as physical therapy, acupuncture, exercise and chiropractic, as well as symptom management with medications, epidural steroid injections (ESIs), pain pumps and/or neuromodulation. However, these treatments do not address the source of the pain, and, in most cases, symptoms return. In the past, the next line of treatment for LSS included open surgical procedures such as laminotomy (partial removal of the lamina, a plate of bone in the vertebrae) or laminectomy (removal of the entire lamina and the ligaments that are attached to it), and/or fusion. Each of these has risk factors and leads to changes in the natural anatomy and structural stability of the spine.

mild was developed to provide LSS patients a less invasive alternative earlier in the treatment continuum.

More Information
For more information on mild at the FirstHealth Back & Neck Pain Center, call (910) 715-1794.  Additional information is available at or by calling (877) 958-6227.

* Cleared for lumbar decompression, Vertos mild is designed to treat lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS).

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