What is LSS?

Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a common condition, with more than two million patients diagnosed and in treatment nationwide each year.1 LSS is a narrowing of the lower spinal canal which may cause pain, numbness, or tingling in your lower back, legs or buttocks, limiting your ability to stand or walk. Usually, LSS is found in people over 50 years of age, and the likelihood of developing LSS increases as we age.

LSS Causes

Your spine provides support for your back and body. It also protects the spinal cord, the bundle of nerve tissues that run from your brain to your lower body. The bony column that encloses the spinal cord is called the spinal canal and is made up of ligaments, bones, and discs. In a healthy, open spinal canal, there is enough space between the spinal cord and the spinal canal for the nerves to pass through freely and exit the spinal canal without any restriction.

Due to natural wear and tear on the body as we age, there can be a number of factors that cause the narrowing of the spinal canal including, thickening of ligament tissue, overgrowth of bone (osteoarthritis), or bulging of the discs that create pressure on your spinal cord. This narrowing of the spinal canal is called spinal stenosis, and when it occurs in the lower part of the spine, the condition is called lumbar spinal stenosis.

The mild ® Procedure

mild® is a safe procedure that can help patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) stand longer and walk farther with less pain.1 It is a short, outpatient procedure, performed through a very small incision (about the size of a baby aspirin) that requires no general anesthesia, no implants, and no stitches. Study data show that 79% of patients experience a significant reduction in pain and significant increase in mobility.2 In addition, the mild®procedure has been proven to have a very low risk of major complications.3

How mild ® Works

The mild® procedure has been performed safely on thousands of patients. A doctor who is certified to perform mild® will use an imaging machine and specialized tools to remove small pieces of bone and excess ligament tissue through a tiny incision in your back. Removing these elements restores space in the spinal canal and decreases the compression of the nerves, which reduces pain and restores mobility. Some doctors have described the goal of the procedure as being similar to “removing a kink in a drinking straw.”

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*Results may vary. 1Data based on average of responder group at 1 year from MiDAS I study. 2Based on SPORT study.3Averages based on clinical data from Cleveland Clinic study. ©2017 Vertos Medical Inc. MM-0005 Rev D Clinical studies show that mild ® is a safe procedure that can help you stand longer & walk farther with less pain. Significant Improvement: To learn more, talk to your doctor or find out more visit the website at www.mildprocedure.com

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