The MILD procedure is a minimally-invasive procedure that offers rapid and lasting pain relief in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis often leads to decreased mobility and overall reduced quality of life. This minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD) relieves pressure on nerves in the lower spinal canal helping to reduce chronic back and leg pain and improve mobility.
MILD is performed by removing bone or tissue causing pressure on nerves through a small pencil sized opening. Only a small band-aid is required once the procedure is completed. The duration of the procedure is short and patient can return home the same day. MILD is performed with local anesthesia and a possible light sedation. The MILD procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that targets the underlying cause of the pain and eliminates the need for rehabilitation afterward. MILD helps reduce the chance of infection, has minimal discomfort and limits your time in the hospital. Patients also have reduced recovery times compared to those who go through more invasive options. In many cases, people experience significant relief within hours of the procedure.