Minimally invasive lumbar decompression can treat a range of symptoms, including chronic pain in your lower back, leg pain, numbness or weakness in your legs, and difficulty walking. By removing or trimming parts of the spine that are causing compression in the spinal canal, MILD can alleviate pressure on the affected nerves and help reduce symptoms of spinal stenosis.
Minimally invasive lumbar decompression requires small incisions, which can lead to less tissue damage, reduced scarring, and a shorter recovery time than traditional open surgery. Patients who have MILD often return to activities sooner than with traditional open surgery and experience less postoperative pain and discomfort
While MILD is generally considered safe and has fewer associated risks than traditional open surgery, there are still potential risks and complications. These can include infection, bleeding, or nerve damage.
Before a minimally invasive lumbar depression, you can expect to be given mild sedation. You will be positioned comfortably on the operating table on your stomach.
Using specialized instruments, the physician will remove or trim the portions of bone or tissue that are causing compression on the spinal nerves.
Afterward, you will be taken to a recovery room for monitoring. You will also be monitored to make sure there are no immediate complications. You will return home the same day.