Paterson, NJ [January 25, 2011]- St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, located in Paterson, NJ, now offers patients with chronic lower back pain relief without long needles and major surgery. The new procedure—mild®—was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and promises fast recovery and a life without pain for the more than 1.5 million people suffering from Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS).
"Chronic pain and immobility caused by LSS is debilitating; this new procedure is a wonderful option," says pain specialist Michael D. Umanoff, MD, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, one of only two doctors in the region performing the procedure. "Usually performed on an outpatient basis, mild® enables most patients to go home the same day and resume normal activities within days."
LSS, a degenerative, age-related narrowing of the lower spinal canal, causes pressure on the nerves, which may interfere with the blood flow to the nerves at the spinal level. Previously, LSS symptoms were treated with pain medications or steroid injections, but these treatments either eventually stop working or just wear off. For years, the next line of treatment for LSS has been lumbar spinal decompressive surgery, involving the removal of portions of the vertebrae and attached ligaments (laminectomy), and/or fusion of the spine. Now, patients have a significantly less invasive surgical option.
"I have patients who have difficulty standing and walking because of their back and/or leg pain. Sitting is the only way to get relief. This procedure offers the least invasive treatment, and is performed under local anesthetic and sedation," explains Dr. Umanoff. "It avoids large incisions, it takes less time and there is a faster recovery time. Most patients experience a significant reduction in their pain and improvement in their function."
For questions about Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, please call Total Pain Care at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, (973) 754-2499.