Spinal stenosis (SS) is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal that may occur in any of the regions of the spine. This narrowing causes a restriction to the spinal canal, resulting in a neurological deficit. Symptoms include pain, numbness, and loss of motor control. When spinal stenosis occurs in the lower back it may cause pain, numbness, or tingling in your lower back, legs or buttocks, limiting the ability to stand or walk. Usually, spinal stenosis is found in people over 50 years of age, and the likelihood of developing SS increases with age.
MILD is a procedure that can help patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis stand longer and walk farther with less pain. It is a short, outpatient procedure, performed through a very small incision. No general anesthesia is required. Through the tiny incision in the back, small pieces of bone and excess ligament tissue is removed. Removing these elements restores space in the spinal canal and decreases the compression of the nerves, thereby reducing pain and restoring mobility.
MILD is an outpatient procedure performed in less than 1 hour. After the MILD procedure, most patients are able to return home the same day and are generally able to resume light tasks and everyday activities within just a few days.