MILD stands for Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression and is a non-surgical treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS). LSS patients have a spinal canal that narrows and compresses the spinal cord nerves in their lower back, causing pain, numbness, or tingling in the legs, lower back, or buttocks. MILD has a low complication risk, can be performed without general anesthesia, and has an excellent success rate. During the procedure, doctors enter through a tiny incision in the back and use specialized tools to remove small pieces of bone and excess ligament. This allows for the restoration of space in the spinal canal, which decreases the compression of the nerves, reducing pain and restoring mobility.
This FDA-cleared procedure has allowed patients who undergo it to see a 53% pain reduction and increase their standing time from 8 to 56 minutes. They were also able to resume light activity in a matter of days. The overall procedure is performed in under an hour, and patients can return to their homes the same day.