The mild procedure is used to treat lumbar spinal stenosis, a condition where the lower part of the spinal canal narrows, causing pain, numbness, and tingling sensations that make it difficult to stand or walk. During the procedure, small pieces of bone and excess ligament are removed from the spinal canal through a tiny incision in the back, thereby increasing space within the spinal canal and correcting compression of nerves within the spinal canal. The procedure reduces pain and improves mobility, while still maintaining the structural stability of the spine. Patients often find they are able to stand longer and walk further after the procedure.
The mild procedure is performed without the use of general anesthesia or implants and it is performed as an outpatient procedure, so patients are able to return home on the same day.