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Back Pain Relief Available at OLBH with New Procedure

OLBH pain management specialist Harry Bell, M.D., is performing a new minimally-invasive procedure that offers rapid and lasting pain relief in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS).

Chronic back and leg pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis is a problem affecting many individuals.  It leads to decreased mobility and overall reduced quality of life. Until now, treatment options were limited to narcotic drugs, injections or open surgeries requiring hospitalization and prolonged recovery.

The new procedure performed by Bell is known as minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD). Bell performs the new procedure at the OLBH Same Day Surgery Center. “MILD relieves pressure on nerves in the lower spinal canal helping to reduce chronic back and leg pain and improving mobility,” Bell said.
MILD is performed by removing bone or tissue causing pressure on nerves through an opening about the size of a pencil. “The structural integrity of the spine and surrounding muscle is maintained and no implants are left behind,” Bell said.

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthetic and light sedation. Only a small band-aid is required. Patients go home the same day and are able to resume activities within a few days. Many people experience significant relief within hours of the procedure.

Bell is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist that practices at Bellefonte Advance Pain Physicians in the Same Day Surgery Center on the OLBH campus. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He conducted his residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. and the State University of New York, Syracuse, N.Y. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a subspecialty in pain medicine.

For more information concerning the mild procedure, contact Bellefonte Advance Pain Physicians by calling (606) 833-6210. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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