Minimally invasive lumbar decompression is an outpatient procedure that relieves pressure on the spine. Like a drinking straw with a kink in it, the spinal canal can narrow and compress the spinal canal nerves in the lower back.
To restore space in the spinal canal and reduce the compression of the nerves, a mild® physician uses an imaging machine and specialized tools to remove small pieces of bone and thickened ligament.
The mild procedure is a safe, minimally invasive treatment that has been clinically proven to provide effective long-term relief from the pain associated with LSS.
The mild procedure may help patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) stand longer and walk farther with less pain by treating the underlying cause of LSS symptoms in a minimally invasive way.
Because mild is an outpatient procedure, typically performed in less than 1 hour, patients typically resume normal activity within 24 hours with no restrictions. The procedure requires no general anesthesia, implants, stitches, steroids or opioids.
The mild procedure has a low complication risk profile and high efficacy profile, demonstrated in multiple clinical studies.
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition in which the lower spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal nerves in the lower back. It is best visualized as a “kink in a drinking straw,” as this compression can contribute to pain and mobility issues. Over two million LSS patients nationwide are diagnosed and treated annually. It is generally found in people over the age of 50, and the likelihood of developing Lumbar spinal stenosis increases with age.
The natural wear and tear on the spine as people age can lead to a number of contributing factors that cause the narrowing of the spinal canal and create pressure on the spinal nerves. Some root causes of lumbar spinal stenosis are:
Pain or numbness in the lower back when standing upright, Pain, numbness, heaviness or tingling in upper legs or buttocks when walking, Pain when lying down that may be relieved by curling into the fetal position, Temporary relief when bending forward while sitting or standing as pressure on the spinal cord is released and space in the spinal canal is “opened.” Common actions include finding a chair, leaning over shopping cart, using walker or cane
In addition to taking a medical history that includes a list of your symptoms, other tests may be performed to verify LSS:
Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) may cause pain, a pinched nerve (radiculopathy), or symptoms of pain, numbness, heaviness or tingling in the upper legs or buttocks while walking, also known as neurogenic claudication. Mayo Clinic states that in rare instances, untreated severe spinal stenosis may progress and cause permanent numbness, weakness, balance problems, incontinence and paralysis. While untreated LSS does not usually cause paralysis, Cleveland Clinic explains that, “if a spinal nerve or spinal cord is compressed for a long period of time, permanent numbness and/or paralysis is possible.” If any of the above symptoms are present (numbness, weakness, balance problems, incontinence and paralysis), it’s important to seek medical attention right away.