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MIST Guidelines Integrate Use of Decompressive Approaches Into Comprehensive Algorithm

Source— Pain Medicine News Published June 1, 2019

As discussed in an article from Pain Medicine News, the recently released Minimally Invasive Spine Treatment (MIST) Guidelines recommend the use of an algorithm created by an expert consensus group to determine the order in which the various treatments should be tried. The guidelines were written by the Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Consensus Group and the document was published in Pain Practice (2019;19[3]:250-274).

Following a review of the literature, the Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) Consensus Group established 11 points with common agreement. They were “clearly defined with evidence strength, recommendation grade and consensus level using U.S. Preventive Services Task Force criteria,” according to the guidelines.

“These guidelines are most notable for integrating the minimally invasive decompressive approaches—spacers—and minimally invasive lumbar decompression (mild®) into treatment algorithms,” said Peter S. Staats, MD, MBA, the chief medical officer at National Spine & Pain Centers, a past president of the North American Neuromodulation Society and a member of the Pain Medicine News editorial advisory board, who was not involved in developing the guidelines.

Read the full Pain Medicine News article.

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