Scott M. Kowalski, D.O., a fellowship-trained physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron, is offering the Mild procedure as a minimally invasive outpatient procedure for patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis. Patients who would like to find out more or schedule an appointment at the practice’s office at 940 River Centre Drive are encouraged to call (810) 985-4900.
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a lower back condition where the space around the spinal cord, known as the spinal canal, becomes smaller. When this happens, pressure is placed on the nerves in the spinal canal causing pain, inflammation and decreased walking distance.
Unlike other procedures for lumbar spinal stenosis, the Mild procedure does not alter the structural stability of the spine, and it does not require a large incision, stitches, general anesthesia or any implants. Instead, the Mild procedure is performed through an incision around the size of a baby aspirin. It also does the following:
— Allows patients to go home the same day of surgery.
— Allows patients to stand longer and walk farther with less pain.
— Reduces pain.
— Restores mobility.
— Restores space in the spinal canal.
— Utilizes specialized tools to remove tiny pieces of bone and excess ligament.
“We are proud to offer the Mild procedure as a minimally invasive option for eligible lumbar spinal stenosis patients,” says Dr. Kowalski. “At Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron, we are committed to helping patients get back to an active, healthy lifestyle. This procedure allows us to not only do that but also provide our patients with the ability to go home after surgery and recover in the comfort of their own home.”
In addition to the Mild procedure, Dr. Kowalski specializes in a wide array of treatment options, from epidural injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, peripheral nerve stimulation and spinal cord stimulation. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing and completed internship training at the Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan. After his internship, Dr. Kowalski underwent residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as accredited fellowship training in interventional pain management at the Detroit Medical Center.
To learn more about the Mild procedure or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kowalski, please call (810) 985-4900 or request an appointment online.