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MILD® Procedure

MILD® Procedure

Spinal stenosis is a medical condition in which the spinal column narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerve roots. This can cause a variety of symptoms, including pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs. If left untreated, spinal stenosis can lead to chronic pain and disability. Fortunately, there are several treatments available for those suffering from this condition, including the minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD) procedure. Let’s take a look at what the MILD procedure is and how it can help treat lumbar spinal stenosis.


What Is the MILD® Procedure?

The minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD) procedure is a type of surgery used to treat lumbar spinal stenosis by removing pressure on the nerves in the lower back area. It involves making very small incisions—usually less than an inch long—to access the affected area. The surgeon then uses specially designed instruments to carefully remove any bone spurs or other obstructions that may be causing compression on the nerves. This relieves pressure on the nerve root and allows for improved function of the lower back area.


Benefits of the MILD Procedure

The primary benefit of the MILD procedure is that it is much less invasive than traditional open spine surgery. This means that patients typically experience less discomfort after surgery, as well as shorter recovery times compared to other types of surgeries. Additionally, because it does not require large incisions or extensive tissue damage, patients have fewer risks associated with this type of procedure compared to more invasive surgeries such as laminectomy or fusion surgery. Many patients can return home just hours after their MILD procedure has been completed!


Risks & Side Effects

As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with the MILD procedure for lumbar spinal stenosis. These include infection at the site of incision, bleeding due to improper closure of blood vessels during surgery, and damage to surrounding tissue caused by improper use of surgical instruments or tools during the operation. Additionally, some patients may experience temporary side effects such as tingling or numbness in their legs following surgery due to nerve irritation caused by manipulation during the operation.



Overall, minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD) is an effective treatment option for patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis who want relief without having to go through major open spine surgery procedures. Its benefits include shorter recovery times and fewer complications than more traditional procedures while still providing significant relief from symptoms such as pain and numbness in your lower back area due to nerve root compression caused by this condition. As always though, you must consult your doctor before deciding if this type of treatment is right for you so they can evaluate your situation and provide personalized advice tailored specifically for you!

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