mild®

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression

As we age, we hope our physical abilities will be able to keep up with our constant on-the-go lifestyles.  Whether you need to get around to grocery shop, play with grandkids or mow the lawn, standing and walking are necessary for a good quality of life. If you are diagnosed with Stenosis, these activities can be completely taken away.

Here at Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates (NERA), we provide cutting edge minimally invasive procedures in addition to a multi-specialty approach.  Dr. Naftulin and Dr. Connor are among a select group of Interventional Pain Management Physicians who form a minimally invasive lumbar decompression to help treat this disease. 

1.2 million individuals in the U.S. each year are diagnosed with Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), primarily a degenerative, age-related narrowing of the lower spinal canal.  Onset typically occurs after the age of 50 and these symptoms include pain and numbness in the lower back, legs or buttocks, that limit a patient's ability to stand and walk.

Vertos developed the mild®  procedure to help treat this growing population of patients.  mild® is a Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression in which a Physician removes excess ligament through a 5.1mm portal (hole the size of a baby aspirin) with no incisions, sutures or overnight stays. 

“My patients want to avoid traditional spinal surgery for their stenosis but cannot continue to function reasonably despite non operative treatment including injections,” says Dr. Scott Naftulin, Clinical Professor and Master Instructor at NERA.“  The mild®  procedure provides a safe, effective way to give them their lives back.”

mild® has been performed on over 20,000 patients and has been proven to be safe and effective in 12 clinical studies and more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles. Clinical trials demonstrate that mild® can help LSS patients stand longer and walk farther with less pain.

"Patients suffering from symptomatic spinal stenosis often become prisoners in their own body. By dramatically improving one’s ability to stand and walk, MILD gives my patients' the nonsurgical option we have waited for. I am honored to be able to provide this service in our community." - Dr. Christopher Connor

 

mild® proven long-term efficacy

Functional Outcome Improvement-Cleveland Clinic Study at One Year

Standing time increase:

From 8 min. to 56 min.

Walking distance increase:

From 246 ft. to 3,956 ft.

 

 

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