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At Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron, we are committed to helping patients get back to an active, healthy lifestyle. That’s why we proudly offer the mild procedure for patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis.

Performed by our fellowship-trained physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Scott Kowalski, the mild procedure is an advanced minimally invasive treatment option that reduces pain as well as improves mobility, getting patients back to the activities they love.

What Is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

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 spinal canal, causing pain and inflammation as well as decreasing the distance you are able to walk.

There are nonsurgical treatment options, such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications, that can be used to ease the pain or help with mobility issues. However, a surgical treatment option, such as the mild procedure, may be recommended if nonsurgical treatments are ineffective or your condition is severe.

What Is the mild Procedure?

The mild procedure is an advanced outpatient surgery that is used to treat lumbar spinal stenosis. Unlike other surgeries for lumbar spinal stenosis, the mild procedure does not alter the structural stability of the spine. It also does not require a large incision, stitches, general anesthesia, or any implants.

Performed through an incision around the size of a baby aspirin, the mild procedure does the following:

  • Allows patients to go home the same day of surgery
  • Allows patients to stand longer and walk farther with less pain
  • Provides patients with the ability to resume light activities within a few days
  • Reduces pain
  • Removes tiny pieces of bone and excess ligament to restore space in the spinal canal
  • Restores mobility

For more information about the mild procedure or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kowalski, please call (810) 985-4900 or request an appointment online.