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The Minuteman® procedure is an innovative new way to treat back pain. During this minimally invasive procedure, your doctor will position an interspinous-interlaminar fusion device onto your spine. The apparatus stabilizes the spine to prevent pain.
These low-profile devices are available in various sizes, between 8mm and 16mm, so your doctor can ensure you receive the best treatment for your body. Request a consultation with the Spine INA to see if the Minuteman procedure is right for you.
How Does the Minuteman® Procedure Work?
The Minuteman® procedure stops back and leg pain by stabilizing vertebrae on the noncervical portion of the spine that would otherwise shift and cause discomfort. Unlike other treatment procedures, the Minuteman procedure is fast and minimally invasive.
To install the minuteman device, you’ll lay flat on your stomach, and your doctor will make a small incision from the side of your back to access the posterior spinous processes along your lower spine. The device attaches to the spinous processes where its threads, locking plates and bone graft material will fuse to the vertebrae. That portion of the spine will be locked in place, preventing the spondylolisthesis that causes your pain.
The entire Minuteman treatment process takes between 15 and 30 minutes. Patients can go home the same day, and most experience pain relief in one to two weeks.
What Are the Advantages of the Minuteman® Procedure?
The Minuteman® treatment offers various advantages over other common treatments for chronic back and leg pain. Ultimately, this procedure is a fast, safer way to experience relief from chronic back pain.
The Minuteman procedure’s safety and speed begin with the incision. The procedure only requires a small incision of an inch or less, so treatment takes minutes to complete and recovery is faster. The small incision also ensures minimal disruption to the supraspinous ligament that aids in spinal stabilization.
Our doctors complete the treatment without disrupting the facet joints connecting your bones and spine. The risk of damaging neural and vascular structures is minute.
Am I a Candidate for the Minuteman® Procedure?
We recommend the Minuteman® procedure when treatments like physical therapy or injection therapy fail to reduce chronic pain caused by medical conditions or trauma. This treatment may also be best for patients unable to undergo long recovery times or traditional fusion methods.
The Minuteman® procedure is most successful for patients experiencing spondylolisthesis, where motion causes vertebrae to shift and rub against surrounding bones. The Minuteman® procedure may be right for you if your pain worsens with movement and lessens when you either lean forward or sit down.
What Does the Minuteman® Procedure Treat?
The Minuteman® procedure can alleviate pain caused by any of the following conditions:
- Stenosis in the lumbar spine
- Degenerative disc disease
- Traumatic injuries
Schedule a Consultation
Are you interested in learning more about the Minuteman procedure for chronic pain relief? The compassionate doctors at the Spine INA can determine if this procedure is right for your situation.
Submit a pain evaluation or call us at (609) 371-9100 to schedule a consultation appointment.
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