MILD Specialist

Michigan Pain Specialists

Pain Management serving the areas of Ann Arbor, MI, Ypsilanti, MI & Adrian, MI. Now accepting Telehealth appointments.

The MILD® procedure is an innovative treatment to relieve pain caused by lumbar spinal stenosis. The team of pain management experts at Michigan Pain Specialists in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan, offers this outpatient procedure to improve mobility and quality of life. Call the practice today or schedule a consultation online to discover if the MILD procedure can relieve your pain and help you get back to your regular activities.


What is the MILD procedure?

The MILD procedure is a short, FDA-approved, outpatient procedure to relieve pain caused by lumbar spinal stenosis. It involves a tiny incision but no general anesthesia, implants, or stitches. 

Clinical research shows that the procedure has the same safety profile as an epidural steroid injection but can help you stand longer and walk farther without pain.

Why would I need the MILD procedure?

The MILD procedure relieves pain caused by lumbar spinal stenosis — the narrowing of your spinal canal in your lower back. 

Spinal stenosis can cause low back pain and nerve compression that triggers pain, numbness, and weakness in your buttocks, hips, and legs. Your symptoms typically subside when you sit or lean forward. 

Some of the common causes of lumbar spinal stenosis are herniated discs, scoliosis, bone spurs, and arthritis. If your symptoms interfere with your mobility or sleep, you should talk to the team at Michigan Pain Specialists for diagnosis and treatment. 

What happens during the MILD procedure?

Your doctor prepares you for the procedure by providing a local anesthetic and cleaning the skin on your back. You lie on your stomach, and your doctor makes a small incision. 

Your physician uses an imaging machine such as a fluoroscope to visualize your spine. Then, they insert the MILD surgical tools to remove small pieces of bone or ligament from the narrow part of your spine. Removing this tissue creates space and releases nerve compression. 

The physicians usually complete the MILD procedure in less than an hour.

What should I expect after the MILD procedure?

You spend a short time in recovery after your MILD procedure. You might have some back pain for a few days following the surgery, but ice packs should manage it. 

Your doctor provides a prescription for a pain reliever and personalized aftercare instructions, including advice on returning to work and other activities. Most patients can drive after three days but wait longer if you feel unstable. 

You have a follow-up appointment a few weeks after your MILD procedure so your doctor can evaluate the surgery's success. 

Call Michigan Pain Specialists or make an appointment online today if you have low back pain and want to learn more about the MILD procedure.