A mild procedure (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression) is an option available to patients with central stenosis, or narrowing, of the lumbar spine that causes the nerves to be compressed. Patients with this condition can experience pain in the lower back or weakness in the legs, subsequently causing difficulty standing or walking for prolonged periods of time. Patients with central stenosis often notice pain relief when sitting or bending forward which increases the space between the nerves and the material compressing them. The mild procedure involves a small incision being made and excess tissue being removed using a small, specialized tool.
The goal of this procedure is to relieve the pressure surrounding the compressed nerves, allowing the patient to stand or walk for longer periods of time. This procedure does not eliminate future treatment options as no major structural anatomy of the spine is altered.