What is a MILD procedure and how does it work?
A minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD) procedure, is a procedure to treat symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis. It is performed on an outpatient basis and only a small incision is made to perform the MILD procedure. This procedure is an alternative to more invasive surgeries such as a lumbar laminectomy or fusion. During a MILD procedure, your doctor will use instruments inserted through a small scope to remove pieces of the ligament overlying the spinal cord and nerves, creating more space in the spine for the nerves.