Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD)
The MILD (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression) procedure is a minimally invasive surgical technique that is used to treat lumbar spinal stenosis, a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. This can lead to pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, and legs.
Is MILD right for me?
What conditions does it treat?
MILD is used to treat Lumbar Spinal Stenoisis (LSS), the narrowing of the central canal in the lumbar spine. Patients with LSS often have numbness or pain in their lower back, buttocks or leg(s) when standing upright and feel relief when bending forward or sitting.
How does MILD work to control my pain?
The MILD procedure involves the use of specialized instruments to remove small pieces of bone and tissue that are causing the narrowing of the spinal canal. Unlike traditional open surgery, which requires a large incision and significant disruption of the surrounding tissues, the MILD procedure is performed through a small incision that can be as small as 5mm. This minimizes the trauma to the surrounding tissues and reduces the risk of complications.
The MILD procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and most patients are able to return home the same day. Recovery time is typically short, and patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days.
The MILD procedure has been shown to be effective in relieving the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis in many patients. It is considered a safe and effective alternative to traditional open surgery for those who are not responding to conservative treatments such as physical therapy or medication.
However, the MILD procedure is not appropriate for everyone, and it is important to discuss your options with your doctor to determine if it is the right choice for you. Your doctor will consider factors such as the severity of your condition, your overall health, and your personal preferences when making a recommendation.
Overall, the MILD procedure is a promising option for those suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis, offering a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open surgery with shorter recovery times and fewer complications.
Preparing for Treatment
What should I expect during my MILD procedure
Under a local anesthetic and light sedation, a small incision is made in the lower back. Using a stabilized portal, specialized instruments are inserted to remove any bone fragment or enlarged ligament intruding on the spinal canal. Once spinal decompression is achieved, the instruments and port are removed, and the incision is bandaged.
What should I expect after the procedure
Following the MILD procedure, patients can resume normal activity after 24 hours and can expect immediate improvement of discomfort and mobility. In some cases, due to an extended period of time (prior to MILD treatment) of the spinal canal being constricted, patients may seek physical therapy to improve and correct posture and flexibility.