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 Metropolitan Pain & Spine Institute 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.