MILD Procedure

Safe, Effective, Non-Surgical Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS)

A minor, outpatient procedure helping patients diagnosed with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS)

MILD Procedure Facts & Information

If you’re experiencing pain or numbness in your lower back when you’re standing upright…OR pain, numbness, tingling in your legs or buttocks when you walk…you may be suffering from a condition called Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS). The MILD procedure is a safe, effective treatment option that delivers significant pain relief for LSS patients.

In fact, study data show that 79% of patients experience a significant reduction in pain and significant increase in mobility.(*2)

Our board-certified pain specialists are highly skilled at accurately diagnosing pain caused by LSS and effectively treating it with the outpatient MILD procedure.

What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS)?

LSS is a condition where the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord nerves in your lower back. As we age, the natural wear and tear on our spine can lead to a number of contributing factors that cause the narrowing of the spinal canal – thickening of ligament tissue, formation of excess bone, or compression/bulging of the discs.

Understanding the Symptoms of LSS

f your symptoms increase when you walk or stand, but you experience relief when you sit or bend forward, then you might have a certain type of LSS that can be treated by the removal of excess tissue which is causing a narrowing of the spinal canal.

Treating Pain Caused by LSS

If your doctor determines you have LSS caused by excess ligament, then MILD is a quick outpatient procedure, performed through a tiny incision (about the size of a baby aspirin), requiring no general anesthesia or stitches. MILD is an FDA-cleared procedure that has been performed safely on thousands of patients. Here’s how the procedure works:

-Specialized tools are inserted through a tiny incision in your back
-This removes small pieces of bone and excess ligament that cause the narrowing of the canal
-Some doctors have described treating LSS as being similar to “removing a kink in a drinking straw”
-An imaging machine is used to help guide your physician through the procedure
-Restoration of space in the spinal canal decreases the compression of the nerves
-This reduces pain and restores mobility

How Long Does it Take and Expected Results?

MILD is an outpatient procedure performed in less than 1 hour and clinical studies show it’s a safe, effective procedure that helps LSS patients stand longer & walk farther with signficantly less pain. Some additional points about MILD to consider:

-No general anesthesia required
-No implants or stitches
-Low complication risk
-53% pain reduction(*1)
-Standing time increase from 8 to 56 minutes(*3)
-Walking distance increase from 246 to 3,956 feet(*3)
-Able to resume light activities within just a few days

Possible Conditions