This minimally invasive a procedure is typically offered to those who are experiencing pain in the lower back, buttocks, legs, or feet. The procedure is an alternative to open surgery, which is considered to be an invasive treatment, and is performed as an outpatient treatment. Select from resources below to keep learning about how it works and how it can help.
What is the Minuteman?
The Minuteman® is a minimally invasive, interspinous-interlaminar fusion device intended for the fixation and stabilization of the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine while awaiting bony fusion to occur The Minuteman® is designed for attachment to the posterior non-cervical spine at the spinous processes through its bilateral locking plates, and it is intended for use with bone graft material placed within the device. It provides immobilization and stabilization of the spinal segments. The core threaded post allows for optimal placement and a wide range of sizes allows for enhanced anatomical fit. The Minuteman® is delivered sterile and individually packed.
How is the Minuteman Procedure performed?
During the procedure, a 1-inch incision is made on the side of your body, dilation is used to access the spine, and the Minuteman® is implanted with bone graft material. The lateral approach does not require dissection or stripping of the sensitive back muscles, bones or nerves. This advantageous approach may lead to a shorter operative time, less blood loss, reduced hospital stay, and a faster recovery time.
When The Minuteman® Would Be Considered As A Treatment
The minuteman® procedure is used as a treatment for a number of issues, including general chronic back pain. However, it is primarily a treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). Degenerative Disc Disease is chronic back pain that is the direct result of the wear and tear the human body incurs as it ages. It can also treat trauma of the spine, Spondylolisthesis, or tumors of the spine. The minuteman might be considered for those who do not do well under general anesthesia or might not be able to tolerate going through a more invasive open spinal surgery. It is a common procedure and is considered to be very safe.
Is the Minuteman procedure right for me?
The following questions will help determine if the Minuteman® System is right for you:
- Does your back or leg pain worsen with prolonged standing or walking?
- Does your back or leg pain improve while you are sitting?
- Does leaning forward improve your pain? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, ask your doctor if this procedure may be right for you?
Contact Certified Spine and Pain Care today for a free consultation on The Minuteman® Procedure (561) 815-8032. We have offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton and Pompano Beach, Florida.