Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common cause of low back pain that tends to worsen over time and can significantly impact your quality of life. At the SamWell Institute for Pain Management in West Orange and Colonia, New Jersey, double board-certified pain management expert Jay M. Shah, MD, offers many treatment options for the management of lumbar spinal stenosis, including advanced surgical procedures such as MILD® (minimally invasive lumbar decompression) by Vertos Medical. To learn more, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.
MILD by Vertos Medical is an advanced surgical procedure for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis, which is a degenerative back condition that leads to narrowing of the spine.
Over time, the narrowing of your spine may press on your nerves, resulting in chronic low back pain that can lead to leg cramps which make it difficult to walk long distances.
The traditional surgical treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis is an open spinal decompression surgery in which a portion of your vertebra, specifically the lamina, is removed to enlarge the space, relieving the pressure and pain. This procedure is an open surgery that requires a lengthy recovery.
With mild, Dr. Shah is able to remove a small portion of your lamina through a small incision no larger than a baby aspirin, leaving most of your spinal canal intact. This minimally invasive procedure is conducted under local anesthesia and requires no stitches.
Dr. Shah determines if you’re a good candidate for mild when you come to the office for a consultation. While the procedure is minimally invasive, Dr. Shah may recommend conservative treatments for the management of your lumbar spinal stenosis, such as pain medication and/or physical therapy, before he recommends any type of surgery.
Mild is recommended for lumbar spinal stenosis with neurogenic claudication, which occurs when your spine compresses the nerve root, causing symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling in your low back, buttocks, and legs.
Mild by Vertos Medical is an advanced outpatient surgical procedure. Dr. Shah uses fluoroscopic guidance, an imaging tool that allows him to view your spine without the need to create large incisions, to conduct the procedure.
After the area of your back has been numbed with a local anesthetic, Dr. Shah inserts special tools into your back to remove the portions of vertebral bone and cartilage causing the narrowing of your spinal canal.
The entire procedure takes about an hour and most people are up and walking within an hour after the procedure has been completed. You should notice an improvement in your pain immediately following the procedure.
Dr. Shah provides specific instructions on what to expect following your mild procedure. He may recommend you take it easy for a few days and then resume low-impact activities.
To learn more about mild by Vertos Medical, call the SamWell Institute for Pain Management or schedule a consultation online today.