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Marlene’s Patient Story: “I Felt Like It Was a Miracle”

Published June 11, 2024

In February 2024, Marlene from Willoughby, Ohio, decided with her doctor that she would undergo the mild® Procedure for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). Her pain before the procedure was a stabbing sensation, “probably close to a 9 or 10,” when she was standing, putting weight on her left side, or sitting on a hard surface.  

Her condition was very limiting, preventing her from walking without pain. She was unable to stand upright while walking upstairs and couldn’t walk more than 10 feet at a time. 

Undergoing the mild® Procedure for Back Pain 

Marlene recalls the day of her procedure as “wonderful” because she was looking forward to it, and she trusted her doctor.  

The procedure itself was simple for Marlene: “They took me into the operating room, and I went gently to sleep. And when I woke up, I was pain-free.” 

Recovery Time for the mild® Procedure 

The first day after the procedure, Marlene was given no restrictions for the recovery period. Her doctor only advised that she should take it easy and let her body be her guide. 

Because she cares for her elderly husband, she had quite a bit of work to do at home. She was tired and made sure to rest, but by the second day, she was “back to doing everything fairly normal.” 

Marlene’s Advice on mild® as a Spinal Stenosis Treatment Option 

Surgery wasn’t an option for Marlene due to her age—she’s 86 years old—but she couldn’t live with the pain she was experiencing. That made choosing mild® an easy decision. 

Even so, she wouldn’t hesitate to tell someone else to have mild®. “I would recommend it,” she said, “Don’t hesitate if your doctor is recommending it. I say go ahead with it.”  


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Okay, my name is Marlene. I had the mild® Procedure done in February of this year.  

How are the symptoms before the mild® Procedure?  

Very bad, very high pain level. Probably close to a 9 or 10.  

What was your pain? Like and where was it located?  

The pain was like I was being stabbed with knives when I would stand and put weight on my left side. And if I tried to sit down on a hard surface, it would feel like somebody was stabbing me, and I was very limited to what I can do.  

How could you stand for and how long could you walk for before the mild® Procedure?  

Well, standing was a different story because you can put your weight on your other side. I put my weight more on my right side, but I still felt I still felt a lot of pain when I stood up. But walking was almost impossible. I would take one step at a time. I went upstairs on my hands and knees. I didn’t stand upright to go upstairs, and I would say I couldn’t walk more than 10 feet at a time.  

What was your procedure day like when you were about to have the mild® Procedure?  

Well, it was a wonderful day for me because I was looking forward to it, praying for the procedure to work, and I trust my doctor.  

So I was up in there bright and early morning. It was very simple. They took me into the operating room, and I went gently to sleep. And when I woke up, I was pain-free.  

After the procedure, what was the recovery like? Did you have any restrictions?  

No, I had no restrictions on the first day. He [the doctor] said just take it easy and just let my body be my guide. 

Since I have an elderly husband that I care for, I had to do quite a bit of work around the house. So by the next day, I was back to doing everything fairly normal. I rested a lot. I was tired. But by the second day, I felt like it was a miracle.  

How long can you walk and stand now after the mild® Procedure?  

Well, on my left side, which is where I had the procedure, I have no pain. I can walk, I can do anything, but I do have the same symptoms on the right side—not quite as bad on the right side now. 

What would you tell others who are considering this procedure? 

Don’t hesitate if your doctor is recommending it. I say go ahead with it.  

I’m 86 years old, and they wouldn’t do surgery. So surgery wasn’t an option, and I couldn’t live with that pain. So it was it was easy for me to make the decision. But I wouldn’t hesitate to tell somebody to go ahead and do it. I would recommend it.

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Disclaimer – Patient stories reflect the results experienced by individuals who have undergone the mild® Procedure. Patients are not compensated for their testimonial.

The mild® Procedure is intended to treat lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) caused by ligamentum flavum hypertrophy. Although patients may experience relief from the procedure, individual results may vary. Individuals may have symptoms persist or evolve or other conditions that require ongoing medication or additional treatments.

Please consult with your doctor to determine if this procedure is right for you.

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