MILD services offered in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Stockbridge, Newnan, GA

Minimally invasive lumbar decompression — the mild® procedure — is uniquely designed to treat lumbar spinal stenosis. The skilled physicians at Pain Consultants of Atlanta have extensive experience using the mild device to safely treat the underlying problem, take pressure off the spinal nerves, and ease your pain. Pain Consultants of Atlanta have four offices in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Stockbridge and Newnan, Georgia. Call the nearest location or use the online booking feature today to request a consultation and learn if the mild procedure can ease your lower back pain.

What is mild®?

The mild procedure relieves the chronic pain caused by a lower back condition called lumbar spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows. The spinal canal is formed by opening in the center of vertebrae, creating a space that protects the nerves.

The space narrows as degenerative conditions protrude into the spinal canal. A few of the most common causes of lumbar spinal stenosis include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Slipped vertebrae (spondylolisthesis)
  • Bone spurs

As these conditions narrow the spinal canal, they compress the spinal nerves. The primary symptoms are lower back pain, pain that shoots down one leg, and difficulty walking or standing for a long time. Severe nerve damage may lead to muscle weakness in your legs.

Am I a good candidate for mild?

Your board-certified physician at Pain Consultants of Atlanta determines if you’re a good candidate after reviewing your medical history, completing an exam, and performing diagnostic imaging if needed.

After you’re diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis, the first line of treatment begins with other medical therapies, such as medications and physical therapy. If your pain doesn’t improve, your provider recommends interventional treatments, including the mild procedure.

What should I expect during the mild procedure?

Your provider uses a local anesthetic and sedative to ensure you’re comfortable during the mild procedure. They make a single, tiny poke incision in your back and use real-time X-ray imaging to insert the innovative mild device into the narrowed area.

They use the device to safely remove small pieces of bone and ligament pushing against the nerve. This eases the nerve compression and restores space in the spinal canal, which in turn reduces your pain.

The Pain Consultants of Atlanta team performs the mild procedure in about one hour. Since it’s an outpatient procedure, most patients go home the same day and return to their usual activities in 24 hours without any restrictions.

After undergoing the procedure, many patients have a significant improvement in their pain, and they can stand and walk longer before experiencing lower back pain.

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a progressive condition that worsens over the years. Don’t wait to schedule a consultation at Pain Consultants of Atlanta to learn about your treatment options and whether you’re a good candidate for the mild procedure. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.