Spine Team Texas(R) Offers MILD(R) Outpatient Procedure as Alternative to Traditional Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Surgery

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The Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) procedure, performed at Spine Team Texas, offers a new treatment option for chronic pain patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.

“Being trained to perform the MILD procedure is another testament of our commitment to offer patients alternative and innovative treatment options,” says Ryan Reeves, M.D.

Spine Team Texas®, a comprehensive spine center for neck and back disorders, now offers a Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) procedure for patients suffering from chronic pain due to Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Spine Team Texas® specialists, Amit T. Darnule, M.D., and Ryan S. Reeves, M.D., have been trained and proctored to perform the MILD procedure.

“Being trained to perform the MILD procedure is another testament of our commitment to offer patients alternative and innovative treatment options,” says Ryan Reeves, M.D., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician and partner of the practice.

More than 1.2 million people in the United States are diagnosed with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) each year. LSS is a debilitating condition caused by a narrowing of the lower spinal canal, leading to pain and numbness in the lower back. MILD has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for decompression of the lumbar spine.

The MILD procedure involves the doctor removing small portions of the spinal bone and tissue using a thin, hollow needle to reduce pressure on the nerves and widen the spinal canal through an aspirin-sized incision. The procedure does not require general anesthesia and can be performed on an outpatient basis.

Traditional back surgery can require months of recovery time, while MILD is approximately a 45-minute to 1 hour procedure with typically low risk and shorter recovery period than more traditional procedures. There are no sutures needed, and patients can often be released from the hospital the day of the procedure and return to work within a few days. Rehabilitation after MILD usually requires less time than other surgical procedures. MILD patients are also typically able to undergo additional spinal surgeries in the future, if necessary.

To learn more about the MILD procedure or find out if you are a candidate, contact Spine Team Texas today.

About Spine Team Texas
A premier regional spine center of excellence, Spine Team Texas specializes in the treatment of back and neck disorders ranging from simple back or neck strains to the most complex spine surgeries. Through its in-depth knowledge and team atmosphere, Spine Team Texas is dedicated to treating patients conservatively through education, spine-focused physical therapy, non-surgical treatments, and minimally invasive spine surgery as a last resort when necessary. The comprehensive team includes physiatrists, specialized in acute spine pain management; neurosurgeons and an orthopedic surgeon, specialized in minimally invasive spine surgery techniques; spine-focused physical therapists; an anesthesiologist, fellowship-trained in chronic spine pain management; and on-site registered nurses that strive to help patients return to everyday activities. Established in December 2004, Spine Team Texas is headquartered in Southlake, Texas. The practice opened a full-service, sister-facility in March 2009 in Rockwall, Texas, and operates a satellite clinic in Arlington, Texas. Spine Team Texas has been named to Dallas Business Journal’s ‘Best Places to Work’ in 2011 for the third consecutive year as nominated by their employees. They have also received the prestigious Dallas Business Journal’s “Healthcare Heroes—Physician Award” as nominated by their patients. For more information, please visit http://www.spineteamtexas.com or follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/spineteamtexas.

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