Back Pain Relief

Back Pain Relief

Take a walk on the MILD side

Breakthrough, outpatient pain relief procedure available

North Vista Hospital is the first facility in our area to offer mild (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression), a new, safe and effective alternative that is the least invasive surgical procedure for treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS).* And it leaves no implants behind. Usually performed on an outpatient basis, mild allows most patients to go home the same day and resume normal activities within days.

More than 1.5 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and immobility caused by LSS, a degenerative, age-related narrowing of the lower spinal canal that causes pressure on the nerves. The prevalence of LSS is predicted to increase even further with the aging of the Baby Boomer population.

Many address their LSS symptoms with either pain medications or steroid injections, but these treatments either eventually stop working or just wear off. For years, the next line of treatment for LSS has been lumbar spine decompression surgery involving the insertion of artificial implants (interspinous spacers), removal of portions of the vertebrae and attached ligaments (laminectomy), and/or fusion of the spine. Now, patients have a significantly less invasive surgical option with mild.

Developed to treat LSS patients earlier in the treatment continuum, mild may be appropriate for those who are no longer responding to physical therapy, pain medications and/or steroid injections but who do not want to undergo more invasive lumbar spine decompression surgeries. These surgeries often involve weeks or months of recovery time, and involve leaving artificial implants or other hardware behind, which may deteriorate or fracture.

For more information on mild at North Vista Hospital, please call 1-877-921-WELL (9355). Additional information is also available at

* Vertos mild is FDA market cleared for treating central canal stenosis of the lumbar spine.