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Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD Procedure) for Spinal Stenosis

The MILD Procedure: A Modern Approach to Treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS)

The MILD procedure stands as an innovative, non-surgical solution for individuals diagnosed with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS). Certified by the FDA for safety and effectiveness, this minimally invasive outpatient procedure allows patients to stand longer and walk farther with reduced pain. Requiring only a small incision—smaller than a baby aspirin—this technique eliminates the need for general anesthesia, implants, or stitches.

Understanding Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS)

LSS is characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal, compressing the nerves in the lower back. This condition may lead to symptoms like pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower back, legs, or buttocks, thereby limiting the ability to stand or walk comfortably. LSS is predominantly found in individuals over 50, and the risk of developing this condition rises with age.

Recognizing the Symptoms of LSS

Should you experience pain, numbness, or tingling sensations that intensify during standing or walking but alleviate when sitting or bending forward, you may be dealing with LSS. At our center, our medical professionals will assess whether the MILD procedure is the right treatment for your specific type of LSS.

How the MILD Procedure Operates

Here’s a step-by-step description of the procedure:

  1. Imaging: The physician utilizes an imaging device to view the affected area.
  2. Incision: A tiny incision is made in your back.
  3. Removal: Small bone fragments and excess ligament tissue are carefully extracted.
  4. Space Restoration: The removal process helps to expand space within the spinal canal.
  5. Results: By alleviating nerve compression, pain is reduced, and mobility is enhanced.

Benefits and Accomplishments

Patients undergoing the MILD procedure commonly report:

  • Pain Reduction: A significant decrease in the level of pain.
  • Mobility Enhancement: A marked improvement in the ability to move without discomfort.
  • Safety: A well-established record of low major complication risk.

The MILD procedure represents a promising, patient-friendly approach to managing Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, merging state-of-the-art technology with expert medical practice. If you identify with the symptoms described or wish to learn more about this advanced treatment option, do not hesitate to contact our healthcare team.