Written by John K. Hong, MD of Gateway Spine & Pain Physicians
Back and leg pain is commonly caused by age related degeneration of the spine. As the spine ages, the discs decrease in height, bone spurs develop (osteophytes), ligaments thicken, and joints become arthritic. These changes may lead to compression of nerves and instability of the spine. As a result, pain can occur in the lower back and radiate down the legs, often worse with standing and walking and improved with sitting and leaning forward.
Treatments for back and leg pain include physical therapy, medications, injections, and surgery. When treatments fail to provide adequate relief, pain may become debilitating and cause a decline in functioning and quality of life.
The Minuteman Procedure:
The Minuteman procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative disc disease. Through a small one inch incision, the specialized Minuteman device is implanted into the interspinous-interlaminar space within the spine. The device provides stability and restores space between the bones which reduces pressure on the nerves. The Minuteman procedure offers a less invasive alternative to traditional fusion surgery. This may lead to a shorter operative time, less blood loss, reduced hospital stay, and a faster recovery time.
As the spine ages, degenerative changes often lead to instability and pain. The Minuteman procedure offers a unique and innovative approach by preserving the anatomical integrity of the spine while providing relief from symptoms. It is performed on an outpatient basis, usually in less than an hour, and typically results in a short recovery time and reduced risk of complications.
Note: This summary provides a general overview of the Minuteman procedure. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate treatment option for your specific condition.