Ronnie’s Story | mild® Procedure Patient Testimonial
mild® Procedure Patient Testimonial Transcript
(00:08) It probably started two and a half years ago, where it started progressively going to the next level. The first things that I noticed was immobility, like riding in a car was hard for me, getting out of the car I had to stand and get myself ready to make that move, wherever it was. I struggled getting dressed in the mornings and I struggled with my socks especially. That would take me sometimes a 15 to 20 minute warm-up. I think as a man, it’s kind of a macho thing in your fishing and your hunting world, and throwing footballs with your grandkids, and trying to show them the things that you could do that really, you can’t do. Working, doing everyday things. All that was slipping away from me.
When this issue started, I went to my doctor, my doctor told me [about] a pain management doctor which was in my system. I did go to him, I went through three rounds of injections. When you go through so many different things it’s like, “Okay, I’ve heard this one before, I’ve heard this one before.” But looking at it, looking at the little bitty incision, the no pain, the no downtime, and with a doctor telling me, “We can help you,” that was just off the charts for me. Because prior to, I had heard, “We’ve had pretty good results with this. We’ve had pretty good results with this.” But for him to say, “You’re going to be totally different,” that was my hallelujah moment right there.
It just changed everything. My thought processes became different, where people would say, “Ronnie, you want to go fishing?” or “You want to go hog hunting?” And before, I’d say, “Man, I wish I could.” But now I say, “Count me in. You know, I’m ready.”
(02:00) I could get in the car from the time I walked out of the surgery. I went home and I could get out, and first thing I wanted to do was start doing stuff. That was a big moment in my life emotionally, to know that I’m gonna do things that I couldn’t do. I love my grandchildren so much and they always want me to play basketball. They want me to play whatever. So when I went up there the first weekend and my granddaughter says, “Papaw, you want to play some pepper?” That’s where you take a bat from the old school and you get out there and you’re playing pepper. And I got in and I was catching the ground balls and I stood up and I thought, “This is three generations and I thought I’d never see this,” so it was very, very emotional to me. But yeah, my whole life’s changed. I wouldn’t be here today had this not have happened.
Well you know I have so many friends, older guys like me and on a Sunday morning, we sit down and talk, “Where are you hurting today?” The first part of this week, actually, I met a young man and was having some issues and his doctor told him, “I don’t think we can help you with anything.” And I instilled in him, and this young man is going to make some calls, because I want people to have an opportunity to do the things that they want to do. So, I’m not a salesman but I sell hope for people. One little simple thing. Give it a try and go from there.
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2012 data from Health Market Sciences report for Vertos Medical 2013.
Data on file with Vertos Medical.
Staats PS, Chafin TB, Golvac S, et al. Long-term safety and efficacy of minimally invasive lumbar decompression procedure for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis with neurogenic claudication: 2-year results of MiDAS ENCORE. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2018;43:789-794. doi:10.1097/AAP.0000000000000868.
Based on mild® Procedure data collected in all clinical studies. Major complications are defined as dural tear and blood loss requiring transfusion.
MiDAS ENCORE responder data. On file with Vertos Medical.
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Treatment options shown are commonly offered once conservative therapies (e.g., physical therapy, pain medications, chiropractic) are not providing adequate relief. This is not intended to be a complete list of all treatments available. Doctors typically recommend treatments based on their safety profile, typically prioritizing low risk/less aggressive procedures before higher risk/more aggressive procedures, but will determine which treatments are appropriate for their patients.
Although the complication rate for the mild® Procedure is low, as with most surgical procedures, serious adverse events, some of which can be fatal, can occur, including heart attack, cardiac arrest (heart stops beating), stroke, and embolism (blood or fat that migrates to the lungs or heart). Other risks include infection and bleeding, spinal cord and nerve injury that can, in rare instances, cause paralysis. This procedure is not for everyone. Physicians should discuss potential risks with patients. For complete information regarding indications for use, warnings, precautions, and methods of use, please reference the devices’Instructions for Use.
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Abstract presented at: American Society of Pain and Neuroscience Annual Conference; July 22-25, 2021; Miami Beach, FL.