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If You Have Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, There’s an Exciting New Option

Source— OrthoSpineNews Published July 20, 2017

This Ortho Spine News article describes lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), its impact on patients and weighs the available treatment options. “People with severe lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) often can’t stand longer than a few minutes or walk more than a few hundred feet without feeling severe pain,” the article states. LSS can be caused by bulging disk and/or enlargement of the ligaments in the spine, it continues.

“Until a few years ago, the only treatment options available were either of two extremes: conservative therapies or open spine surgery. However, conservative treatments, such as NSAIDS, physical therapy and epidural steroid injections, only work for a fraction of people.” The article adds that open spine surgery “works to relieve pressure on spinal nerves, but surgery and anesthesia may carry increased risk in older patients.”

The mild® Procedure which is explained to stand for minimally invasive lumbar decompression, is noted in the article as a new outpatient option. “It (mild®) is only an option for patients who have significant LSS due to thickening of the ligamentum flavum, or ligaments of the spine.”

Read the full Ortho Spine News article.

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