We are proud to announce we are providers of a new minimally invasive treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis.
If you have difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time because of back and/or leg pain, the Mild procedure may provide relief!
Dr. Elizabeth Baker and Dr. Nora Taha are now certified providers of the Mild, a Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression procedure which helps to treat symptoms due to lumbar spinal stenosis. If you have been told you have spinal stenosis, have tried epidural steroid injections and physical therapy without sufficient relief, and don’t want or cannot undergo major surgery, you may benefit from the Mild procedure. Call today to schedule an appointment and see if you are a candidate!
What is Lumbar spinal stenosis?
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common condition referring to narrowing of the spinal canal.
The spinal canal is housed within the spinal column and contains the spinal cord and nerves. The spinal column is made up of bones, discs, ligaments and joints and serve to protect the spinal cord from injury. Various circumstances can lead to narrowing of this canal, which can then put pressure on the spinal cord and exiting nerves. Aging leads to natural wear and tear of the spinal column structures. Signs of aging include disc bulging/herniation, ligament enlargement and arthritis of the bones. Any of these issues can lead to narrowing of the spinal canal and contribute to symptoms associated with spinal stenosis. In spinal stenosis, there is less space for the spinal cord and nerves when a patient is standing up straight. Therefore, patients often lean forward or sit down after standing or sitting for too long, which is a position that helps to open up the spinal canal. Their symptoms usually subside temporarily in these positions and return when they resume walking or standing. Spinal stenosis can cause back pain and also radiating pain, weakness, heaviness, or numbness and tingling in the legs.
What is the Mild procedure?
The Mild Procedure is a minimally invasive procedure indicated for patient who have spinal stenosis due to thickening of a ligament in their spinal column. A patient is selected for this procedure based on their symptoms, physical exam and MRI findings. The procedure can be done without general anesthesia while the patient is awake or under light sedation. This is done in a surgical center or hospital and is a same day/out-patient procedure. It is performed in less than an hour and patients can return to normal activity within a few days. This treatment is FDA approved and can only be performed by a doctor who is trained and certified to do the procedure.
How does it work?
A very small incision is made to allow access for the special Mild tools. Under x-ray guidance, these tools are directed to the overgrown ligament and used to remove excess tissue. This helps to restore space within the spinal canal leading to reduced symptoms.
Why should I consider the Mild procedure?
The Mild procedure is an excellent tool we can now offer to benefit patients with lumbar spinal stenosis who have difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. This procedure has the same safety profile as an epidural injection and is FDA approved. Studies have shown that patients who undergo the procedure have been walking farther and standing longer with less pain. If you suffer from spinal stenosis, make an appointment to see if you are a candidate!
Do you qualify? Talk to an expert to find out. You owe it to yourself.
Listen, if you have been avoiding the thought of surgery, don’t worry we are with you on that, if you find your self near the New Jersey and Manhattan area, we welcome you stop stop on by or call us at (201) 992-6824 or you can book an appointment below. We look forward to helping you make the right decision for your health.