What is lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) and who does it affect?
Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a degenerative, age-related narrowing of the lower spinal canal that causes pressure on the nerves, leading to pain and reduced mobility. LSS is usually found in people over 50. Symptoms include pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower back, legs, or buttocks, which limits your ability to stand or walk.
What treatments have traditionally been available?
Conservative symptom management is often the first course of treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis, such as physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, medical management, and epidural steroid injections. But if symptoms persist or get worse, a decompression procedure is required to alleviate the compression of the nerves in the spine. But historically, decompression treatment options were limited to invasive, higher-risk, open surgical procedures, which can cause changes to the structural stability of the spine.
Now mild® procedure is an option.
A lack of treatment options between short-term palliative pain management and more risky invasive open surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) sufferers led to the development of the mild procedure. Mild is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that can help LSS patients stand longer and walk farther with less pain.
How does mild® work and how safe is it?
mild® is a short, minimally invasive, outpatient procedure performed through an incision the size of a baby aspirin. It requires no general anesthesia, no implants, and no stitches. Physicians remove small portions of excess bone and tissue to decompress the spinal canal and relieve the patient’s discomfort. The procedure can be performed in about an hour and most patients go home the same day, whereas traditional more invasive surgeries can result in lengthy hospital stays and higher complication rates.
To date, more than 15,000 patients have been treated with the procedure nationwide.
For more information, contact Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.