This Pain Management treatment delivers a combination of a steroid medication and a local anesthetic to your lower back. The steroid medication can reduce the swelling, inflammation and irritation caused by spinal conditions, such as spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, sciatica and herniated discs.
MILD – Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression. It is used to treat neurogenic claudication.
One of the significant contributors to Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is an excess of ligament tissue (called hypertrophic ligamentum flavum) between the vertebrae. A physician can use mild devices to remove small portions of excess tissue through a small incision (about the size of a baby aspirin). This restores space in the spinal canal, which reduces the compression of the nerves. The procedure is performed using fluoroscopy, which gives the physician continuous X-Ray visualization of the treatment area and is a key safety feature.
X-ray-guided (using fluoroscopy) to Ensure Continuous Safety:
Visualization of the mild devices and treatment area before and during the procedure.
All activity is posterior to the dura (delicate sac that surrounds the spinal cord).
Benefits of the Outpatient MILD Procedure:
- No general anesthesia required
- Small incision – 5.1 mm (size of a baby aspirin)
- No stitches
- No implants
- Low Complication Rate
- No dural tears, nerve root damage or blood loss requiring transfusion reported in any clinical trials.
- Adverse event rate <0.1% in more than 15,000 cases.