Every year, 2 million Americans are diagnosed with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS). This condition may cause pain, tingling and numbness, dramatically limiting mobility. It is caused over time by overcrowding in the spinal canal. In a healthy spinal canal, there is enough space for nerves to move through, passing between the spinal canal and cord without any restrictions or pinching. But due to everyday wear and tear, the spinal canal may narrow as we age due to thickening of ligaments, bone overgrowth, or bulging disks. This narrowing will crowd and pinch nerves, causing the pain, numbness and tingling patients with LSS experience.
Mild® is a safe procedure that can help patients with LSS. Mild will help patients stand longer and walk farther with less pain. It is a short, outpatient procedure performed through a very small incision which usually requires no general anesthesia, no implants, and no stitches. Studies show that 79% of patients experience a significant reduction in pain and significant increase in mobility. In addition, the mild® procedure has been proven to have a very low risk of major complications. Unlike other LSS treatments like implants, mild is a solution that removes the problem and leaves nothing behind.
The mild® procedure has been safely performed on thousands of patients. Patients begin by laying on their belly, and the lower back will be numbed. The doctor will make a very small incision, and will use an imaging machine and specialized tools to remove small pieces of bone and excess ligament tissue. Removing these elements restores space in the spinal canal and decreases the compression of the nerves, which reduces pain and restores mobility. Some doctors have described the goal of the procedure as being similar to “removing a kink in a drinking straw.”
After the mild® procedure, most patients are able to return home the same day and are generally able to resume light tasks and everyday activities within just a few days. The doctor will provide complete instructions on what to do immediately following the procedure and schedule any necessary follow-up visits or suggested rehabilitation.