MILD Procedure

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What Is Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression?

A minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD) is an advanced treatment procedure for lumbar spinal stenosis. The spinal condition occurs when your lumbar spinal canal in your lower back narrows, compressing the sensitive spinal nerves, which causes severe pain. The low back pain, leg pain and leg numbness degrade the quality of your life by preventing you from participating in your favorite activities.

A spine surgeon carries out a MILD procedure using advanced medical technology to access and remove the bone or tissue that’s causing nerve compression in the lower region of your back. With x-ray guidance, the doctor finds the specific spot of nerve compression and then removes or repairs whatever’s causing your pain.

At her practice in New York City, board certified pain specialist Dr. Ilana Etelzon performs MILD procedures, along with a wide range of other advanced pain treatments. This specialist is certified in Physical Medicine and Rehab/Interventional Pain Management. She uses a non-operative approach to treat pain that includes minimally invasive procedures and regenerative medicine.

About the mild® Procedure

mild® is a short, outpatient treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) that restores space in the spinal canal to help improve back and leg pain.* Using specialized tools and imaging, mild® addresses a major root cause of LSS by removing thickened ligament through an incision smaller than the size of baby aspirin, leaving no implants behind, only a Band-Aid.

The minimally invasive mild® Procedure has a safety profile similar to epidural steroid injections but with lasting results, and patients typically return to normal activity within 24 hours with no restrictions.* mild® is covered nationwide by Medicare (all ages, all plan types, including Medicare Advantage) the VA, U.S. Military & IHS. Commercial coverage varies.

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What Are the Benefits of a MILD Procedure?

If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, the MILD procedure offers immediate and long-term pain relief. Other benefits of this treatment include:

  • It’s a minimally invasive procedure.
  • The MILD procedure is painless.
  • Recovery is fast; you can go back to normal activities in a day.
  • Preparation for the procedure is simple.
  • It’s highly effective because your doctor targets the source of your pain.
  • The MILD procedure doesn’t involve complicated implants in your spine.
  • The procedure enjoys a high success rate.

At her NYC pain practice, Dr. Etelzon develops an individualized treatment plan to address your needs. The MILD procedure, when done by an expert spine specialist, carries little risks for side effects, making it a safe way to ease your lower back pain.

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Am I a Candidate for MILD Procedure?

Minimally invasive lumbar decompression treats a wide range of the painful symptoms you experience from lumbar spinal stenosis. Signs that you’re a good candidate for this life-changing treatment procedure include:

  • You suffer from lower back pain.
  • You feel severe pain when walking, a condition called neurogenic/spinal claudication.
  • Pain radiates down your legs.
  • Your pain intensifies with prolonged sitting or exercising.
  • You have pain and numbness in your low back, legs and buttocks.
  • Your lower back pain doesn’t respond to conservative treatments.

If you notice any of these symptoms, talk to Dr. Etelzon in NYC to get a professional diagnosis. Dr. Etelzon may recommend the MILD procedure for lower back problems or another advanced procedure, such as:

How Is the MILD Procedure Done?

Dr. Etelzon may recommend the MILD pain treatment procedure after confirming a lumbar spinal stenosis diagnosis. This outpatient procedure takes less than an hour. The steps involved in the procedure include:

  1. Your doctor gives you a local anesthetic or light sedation.
  2. The NYC pain doctor makes a small incision, about five millimeters long, in the skin over your lumbar spine.
  3. Locating the right nerve. Using fluoroscopy guidance, the doctor locates the compressed nerve.
  4. Dr. Etelzon inserts a hollow portal to your spine and then inserts tools to remove the excess tissue or bone that’s compressing your tender nerves.
  5. Recovery. The MILD procedure involves minimal surgery and no blood loss. You don’t require stitches after the procedure and you may resume normal activities in 24 hours.

The MILD procedure is an advanced pain treatment procedure that targets the source of your pain. Dr. Etelzon in NYC has the expertise and technology required to administer this and other complex spinal procedures. If you’re suffering from lower back pain, contact Dr. Etelzon at her NYC pain treatment practice.


Patient Testimonials

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  • Dr. Etelzon always makes sure you are comfortable and leave her office with less pain you came in. She gets to the root of the problem. She's friendly. Clean office environment. No long waits, efficient visit. Highly satisfied with my treatment plan.
    Jacqueline Rodriguez Patient
  • Doctor Etelzon is very knowledgeable and really cares about her patients. She will take her time to discuss patients problem, answer questions and use her expertise to help. Dr. Etelzon maintains a friendly , clean , and efficient office environment.
    Narik Fuzailov Patient
  • Helped me with my pain! Great bedside manner. Highly recommend this doctor.
    Anonymous Patient
  • Dr.Etelzon is very knowledgeable and caring and has hands of hold! She was so thorough in her examination and really sees and hears the patient and determines a customized treatment. Thank you, Dr.Etelzon!
    Anonymous Patient
  • Dr. Ilana Etelzon thank you for your help, you have golden hands. Very attentive and knowledgeable doctor. The office staff is friendly and kind, you girls are beautiful.
    Valeriy Shek Patient (Google Review)
  • Dear Doctor Etelzon, Thank you again. I am starting to feel more like myself again...I couldn't say the problem is totally gone, but a big weight has been lifted...Today...I decided to go and do my nails which I did not do for a long time after the incident. I also asked my daughter if we could go to the park. These are things I normally enjoy but forgot about them for a few months now.
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