Linda Cisco is a longtime hiking and outdoor enthusiast who was treated with the mild® procedure four years ago. Prior to mild®, Linda experienced constant discomfort and pain in her back and legs; she thought these symptoms were synonymous with age. Daily tasks became torturous—she couldn’t stand for long periods of time to work, let alone continue the hikes she enjoyed so much. After her physician confirmed via MRI that she was suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), Linda underwent mild®.
When asked about her thoughts and feelings during the procedure, Linda explained, “Not much to tell; the timing was about what they said it was going to be. They said I could get up, so I put weight on the leg I couldn’t move before, and I felt nothing, no pain. With both feet on the floor, I felt no back pain, no leg pain or pressure, no fatigue. It felt like a 40-pound backpack was lifted off me.”
This video of Linda was taken three weeks after she had the mild® procedure. She was already back to hiking five miles, and over time she has increased her mileage and the incline of the trails she climbs. Now that Linda is four years out, she is consistently hiking four to five miles.
Linda is pleased with her outcome, “My pain was gone right away and has never come back. I can’t believe how straight I stand.” Her long-term outcomes are impressive: Linda’s quality of life has dramatically improved, she is still able to do the hikes she loves, she recently went snorkeling and kayaking, and she has added rollerblading to her bucket list.