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Breakthrough medical procedure introduced at The Pain Clinic at Cape Canaveral Hospital

Cape Canaveral Hospital Pain Clinic is the only hospital in Central Florida to offer new MILD Procedure to alleviate back pain.

COCOA BEACH, FL - The Pain Clinic at Cape Canaveral Hospital, part of the not-for-profit Health First network of hospitals, is now the first and only Central Florida location offering a revolutionary new procedure to alleviate back pain.

Doctors at The Pain Clinic at Cape Canaveral Hospital are now offering the first-of-its-kind Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) Procedure -a safe, therapeutic option for reducing pain and increasing mobility. The image-guided procedure is performed using specialized MILD devices and a local anesthetic with conscious sedation.

The Pain Clinic's trained, qualified physicians use the MILD procedure to restore space in the spinal canal while maintaining structural stability by locating and removing only those portions of tissue and bone that compress the spinal nerves and cause pain. The procedure generally takes only about an hour to perform, requires no sutures, only a minimal entry point (about the diameter of a pencil), and leaves no significant scar. Most patients are able to return home the same day.

"There are so many people that we can help with this new procedure that would have otherwise had to endure more serious back surgery," said Todd Bibens, Director of Clinical Nursing at Cape Canaveral Hospital. "This isn't a procedure you can get anywhere else in Central Florida at this time, even Orlando, so we're excited about having the know-how on performing this procedure here at Cape Canaveral Hospital."

About Health First

Health First has been serving the residents of Brevard County since it was founded in 1995, with roots extending back to 1937 when Holmes Regional Medical Center opened as the first hospital in Brevard County, called Brevard Hospital at that time.

Today, Health First is the only multi-hospital, not-for-profit health system in Brevard County. This means that every dollar not used to pay for patient care stays in the county to improve healthcare services for all residents, including those without the financial means to pay. All members of Health First's Board of Directors reside within its service area and provide oversight for a broad range of services and products including four acute-care hospitals, multiple health plans, a multi-specialty physician group, outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers, a network of outpatient and wellness services, and the only Trauma Center in Brevard County.