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Spinal stenosis is a condition caused by changes in the shape and size of the lower (lumbar) spinal canal. This can be caused by many factors, including a buildup of excess bone or ligament tissue. Spinal stenosis typically occurs because of aging and natural wear and tear.
Common symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis include:
- Pain in the legs, buttocks, lower back or groin regions
- Increased difficulty walking or standing, especially for long periods of time
- Increased relief when sitting or in a flexed position
- Numbness, weakness, cramping, or stiffness in the legs or buttock
MILD® Procedure for Treating Spinal Stenosis
The MILD® procedure helps patients diagnosed with spinal stenosis by removing small pieces of bone or excess ligament tissue in the spinal canal, restoring spaces and relieving painful pressure on nerves.
During this procedure, a highly trained doctor will use imaging technology and a special tool to remove small pieces of bone or excess ligament tissue through a small incision.
The central benefits of the MILD® procedure include:
- A short, outpatient procedure that does not require general anesthesia or stitches
- Short recovery time
- Proven to help those with spinal stenosis to stand and walk for longer periods of time
Comprehensive Pain Management Care at Weill Cornell Medicine
Our physicians are leading experts in pain management treatments, including the MILD® procedure. This treatment, when combined with our multifaceted and compassionate care, delivers a high level of pain relief for our patients.
If you would like to find out more about the MILD® procedure to relieve spinal stenosis pain, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.