MILD® (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression)
What is the MILD® procedure?
The MILD® procedure is an exciting new treatment option that can help patients suffering with lumbar spinal stenosis to walk and stand for longer periods of time with less discomfort or pain.
How is the MILD® procedure performed?
The MILD® procedure can be performed as a short outpatient procedure through a tiny incision approximately the size of a baby aspirin. Through this incision, a special tool guided by an imaging machine will be inserted to remove small bits of bone or ligament. This restores space within the spinal canal, reduces compression on the nerves, improves mobility, and reduces pain.
How long does the MILD® procedure take?
The MILD® procedure can usually be completed within an hour.
What precautions should be taken after the MILD® procedure?
Most patients can return home on the same day following the MILD® procedure and can resume light physical activity within a few days. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on what you must do immediately after the procedure and suggest any rehabilitation or follow-up visits as necessary.
What are the benefits of the MILD® procedure?
Some of the significant benefits of the MILD® procedure include:
- Reduced pain
- Improved mobility
- Short outpatient procedure
- No general anesthesia used
- No stitches required
- No implants placed
- Standing & walking for longer periods without discomfort
What are the potential risks associated with the MILD® procedure?
The MILD® procedure is a very safe procedure that has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for decompression of the lumbar spine. However, a minimal risk for complications does exist, and your doctor will confirm whether the procedure will be suitable for you.