Q + A about the mild® procedure
JOEY P. THOMAS, MD, Interventional Pain Specialist at East Carolina Pain Consultants, explains the benefits of the mild® procedure, a minimally invasive treatment to reduce pain and increase mobility.
Q- WHAT IS SPINAL STENOSIS?
As we age, a number of contributing factors, including thickening of ligament tissues, can cause the narrowing of the spinal canal, a condition known as spinal stenosis. This narrowing can impair the flow of blood and spinal fluid, causing pain, numbness and muscle weakness, which can limit a person’s ability to walk.
Q -WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SPINAL STENOSIS?
Spinal stenosis can cause a number of symptoms, such as pain, numbness or a tingling sensation in the lower back and legs. It may also limit the amount of time or distance a person can stand or walk. Some people with spinal stenosis report that their symptoms increase when they stand or walk, and they experience relief when they sit or bend forward.
Q WHAT IS THE MILD® PROCEDURE?
The mild® procedure removes excess ligaments through a small incision in the lower back, creating more space for the flow of blood and spinal fluid. It is an outpatient procedure, requiring no general anesthesia, implants or stitches. The mild® procedure is safe and can help people with spinal stenosis stand longer and walk farther with less pain.
Q WHAT IS THE RECOVERY AND PROGNOSIS FOR SOMEONE WHO UNDERGOES THIS PROCEDURE?
Patients are discharged two hours after the procedure. They can walk inside their home on the same day and resume light activities within a few days. Studies have shown that roughly 70% to 80% of patients experience significant reduction in pain and improved ability to walk.