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MILD Procedure

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD Procedure)

Chronic lower back pain, particularly due to lumbar spinal stenosis, significantly affects the daily lives of millions, limiting mobility and diminishing quality of life. Among all of the various surgical and non-surgical procedures available, the Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) is a potential offering for many patients looking for a less invasive treatment option for this and other debilitating conditions. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about the MILD procedure, including its benefits and some of the most commonly asked questions.

Understanding the MILD Procedure

The MILD procedure is a cutting-edge, minimally invasive surgical technique designed to alleviate pain caused by lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). LSS is a condition characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal, which compresses the nerves and leads to significant pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back and legs. The MILD procedure aims to restore space in the spinal canal, relieving pressure on the nerves, without the need for general anesthesia, implants, or stitches. Performed through a small incision in the back, the procedure involves the removal of excess ligament tissue and small bone pieces that are contributing to the stenosis.

The MILD Procedure - What to Expect

A young woman jumping for joy on the beach after having a MILD procedure.
Patients who undergo a MILD procedure are typically able to return to daily activities and the things they love much quicker than with traditional open surgery.

Patient Evaluation

The first step in determining if the MILD procedure may be right for you is a thorough evaluation of each patient to confirm the diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis and determine which potential treatments are on the table based on your individual situation. This assessment typically includes physical examinations, imaging studies, and a review of the patient's medical history.

The Procedure

The MILD procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day. Using specialized instruments, the surgeon makes a tiny incision in the lower back, removing the excess ligamentum flavum, a common contributor to spinal canal narrowing. This process decompresses the spinal canal, offering immediate relief from the symptoms of LSS.

Recovery and Follow-Up

Recovery from the MILD procedure is relatively quick, with many patients experiencing a significant improvement in their symptoms shortly after the surgery. You will be provided with comprehensive post-operative care, including follow-up appointments to monitor the patient's progress and recommendations for physical therapy to strengthen the back and enhance mobility.

Commonly Treated Symptoms

The MILD procedure is specifically designed to address symptoms associated with lumbar spinal stenosis, including:

  • Persistent lower back pain
  • Numbness or weakness in the legs and feet
  • Difficulty walking or standing for long periods
  • Decreased physical activity due to pain or discomfort

FAQ on the MILD Procedure

Who is a Candidate for the MILD Procedure?

Candidates typically include patients with lumbar spinal stenosis who have not found relief from conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy, or injections.

How Safe is the MILD Procedure?

The MILD procedure is considered safe, with a lower risk of complications compared to traditional open back surgery. The minimally invasive nature of the procedure reduces the risk of infection and shortens recovery time.

What is the Success Rate of the MILD Procedure?

Success rates vary, but many patients report significant improvements in pain and mobility. The procedure has been shown to effectively reduce the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis in a significant number of cases.

Is the MILD Procedure Covered by Insurance?

Most health insurance plans, including Medicare, cover the MILD procedure, especially when it is deemed medically necessary and after conservative treatments have been exhausted.

Total Spine and Orthopedics is dedicated to helping our patients get out of pain, potentially using the minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD) procedure. We are committed to providing personalized care, ensuring that each patient receives the most effective treatment for their specific condition. If you're struggling with lower back pain and limited mobility due to lumbar spinal stenosis, the MILD procedure may offer the relief you've been seeking. Fill out the form on this page or call our patient advocate team at (321) 499-4646 today to get started down the path towards pain free living!

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