Pain in your spine can erode your quality of life. No matter your age, spinal pain can slow you down, making it difficult to follow your daily routine. If you’re struggling with lumbar spinal stenosis or a similar condition, a minimally invasive lumbar decompression procedure (MILD) can help.

Learn more about the MILD procedure, including what it entails, which conditions it can treat, and how long you will need to recover so you can decide if this procedure best fits your goals and lifestyle.

What Is Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression?

A minimally invasive lumbar decompression, or MILD, procedure alleviates spinal nerve pain from spinal stenosis or neural impingement. These conditions cause the spinal canal to narrow, compressing the nerves and causing sciatica pain. The surgeon will remove ligaments or vertebral bone growth pressing on the nerve.

The MILD procedure requires a small incision and local anesthesia. Plus, since it’s an outpatient procedure, you can go home the same day as the surgery.

However, you can only opt for a MILD procedure after exhausting all other treatment options. You must have committed to at least eight weeks of epidural steroid injections, medications, and physical therapy before you can discuss a minimally invasive lumbar decompression with your doctor.

Recovering from a MILD Procedure – What Is the Timeframe?

The minimally invasive nature of the MILD procedure produces fast recovery times. Most patients are back on their feet and returning to their daily routine within a month to six weeks. You can also return to your job within two weeks of your procedure. Before resuming any activities, consult your surgeon to ensure it’s safe and that you are far along enough in your recovery.

Explore Your Spine Pain Treatment Options at Freedom Spine & Pain Center

Alleviating lumbar spinal stenosis and other spine conditions doesn’t always require invasive procedures with long recovery times. If your spinal pain has left you feeling sidelined, find out whether a minimally invasive lumbar decompression procedure is right for you by scheduling a consultation with the experts at Freedom Spine & Pain Center.

Call 210-920-8945 or use the online contact form to book your appointment. We have convenient locations in Boerne, Kerrville, and San Antonio, TX.