Lumbar Decompression Overview

Minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD) is an outpatient procedure designed to improve the symptoms of sciatica. In some patients the ligaments of the spine become so thick that they narrow the space for the nerves and cause sciatica.

The minimally invasive lumbar decompression procedure removes portions of the ligament to relieve the pressure that causes sciatica.

A minimally invasive lumbar decompression is performed with x-ray guidance and involves the use of a small port which is placed near your spine. A device is inserted through the port and is used to remove portions of the overgrown ligament.

FAQs about Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression

Am I candidate for minimally invasive lumbar decompression?

If you have sciatica type symptoms that are worse with walking or standing, and also evidence of thickened ligaments on your MRI, then you may be a candidate for the MILD procedure.

How long does minimally invasive lumbar decompression take?

MILD usually takes about 45 minutes and is done in the procedure suite.

How will I feel after the procedure?

You may have soreness at the procedure site, but some patients note immediate improvement in their leg pain.

How long does it last?

Removing the thickened ligament is permanent, so results can be long-lasting


Suffering from Sciatica? We also offer Piriformis Injections to help.

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) for Sciatica

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