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The Durability of Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression Procedure in Patients with Symptomatic Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Long-Term Follow-Up

Source— PAIN Practice Author— Nagy Mekhail, Shrif Costandi, George Nageeb, Catherine Ekladios, Ogena Saied Published May 4, 2021

A retrospective longitudinal observational cohort study that examines the long-term durability of the mild® Procedure through 5-year follow-up. The analysis indicates that mild®, a treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) patients with hypertrophic ligamentum flavum, significantly decreased the need for surgical decompression at the same treatment level at 2 and 5 years.

The independent, retrospective cohort study that followed LSS patients receiving the mild® Procedure at the Cleveland Clinic demonstrated a lower incidence of lumbar surgery (2.4% per year) in a 5-year span follow-up, and therefore, saved 88% of patients with symptomatic LSS from open lumbar decompression surgery for at least 5 years.

This highlights the potential role of mild® to significantly impact patients’ quality of life. The study indicates that appropriate patients should be encouraged to undergo the mild® Procedure as early as needed, rather than waiting until patients are at an advanced age.

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