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Telegraph Herald: Finley Debuts New Minimally Invasive Procedures

Source—, UnityPoint Health – Dubuque YouTube Published May 2, 2024

Original Publish Date: April 17, 2024
Telegraph Herald Author: Maia Bond 

Article Excerpts:

As featured in the Telegraph Herald, the mild® Procedure has recently been adopted at UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Both the mild® Procedure and the Ion Endoluminal Robotic Bronchoscopy System were introduced at Finley to provide patients with additional options for minimally invasive procedures. 

The mild® option is targeted for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), which occurs when the spinal canal narrows and compresses nerves, causing pain through the back and legs. 

Director of the UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital Pain Clinic, Dr. Tim Miller, said that narrowing can be caused in part by the thickening of the joints and a ligament along the spine. The procedure removes ligament to help relieve pressure on the nerves, and patients typically go home after about two hours. 

Prior to the introduction of mild® at the hospital, patients had the options to receive physical therapy, be given epidural injections, or undergo open-spine surgery. 

Ruth Arlen underwent the procedure in December. Before the procedure, “I couldn’t stand to make a cake or stand to fry eggs on the stove,” she said. “I’d have to have a chair and sit in a chair.” 

Now, Arlen can do all that and more. Arlen said within a few hours of her appointment, she already felt relief. “I had walked into the place with a cane, and I walked out of the place not really needing the cane,” Arlen said.  

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Patient Testimonial

In the following video by UnityPoint Health – Dubuque, Ruth Arlen shared her experience with mild®, and Dr. Tim Miller explains how the procedure addresses LSS. Since the procedure, Ruth has been able to return to her typical daily activities pain-free.

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