Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care
Pain Management Physicians & Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine located in Hobart, IN & LaPorte, IN
Minuteman® is a revolutionary implantable device to fuse your spine with a procedure that only takes about an hour. The team at Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care in Hobart, Indiana, uses Minuteman to treat pain in your low or mid-back that comes from conditions like degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis and doesn’t respond to conservative care. Call Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care or book an appointment online today.
What is Minuteman?
Minuteman® is an advanced one-of-a-kind spinal fusion device that immobilizes your spine. It works on your thoracic, lumbar, or sacral spine to provide stability so there’s less movement between spinal vertebrae, which can cause or aggravate back pain.
The Minuteman procedure is brief and minimally invasive. At Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care, your provider starts your visit with a comprehensive back pain evaluation. After completing a physical examination, along with other advanced tests like X-rays, bone scans, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), they can identify the underlying condition and tell you if Minuteman is an option.
During the Minuteman procedure, you lay face-down on an examination table as the team administers local anesthesia into your back. You also get intravenous anesthesia for the duration of the procedure.
Your provider makes an incision over your spine so they can place the sterile Minuteman device with a bone graft. The bone graft allows the device to effectively fuse to your spine. They use fluoroscopy (X-ray) guidance throughout the procedure for a detailed view of your spine.
What are the benefits of Minuteman spinal fusion?
Minuteman is uniquely minimally invasive as a spinal fusion treatment. There are several important benefits to consider, especially when you compare Minuteman to conventional spinal fusion surgeries.
Some of Minuteman’s benefits include:
- A short, 60-minute treatment duration
- Minimally invasive
- X-ray guidance for precision
- Five different sizes to fit your anatomy
The Minuteman device is designed to avoid the vasculature around your spine as well as the many nerves and nerve roots in the region, which helps you avoid complications from the procedure and the device itself.
Who is a candidate for Minuteman?
Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care use Minuteman to treat several conditions that commonly cause pain in your lower or mid-back. The device isn’t suited to treat cervical spinal conditions, which often cause neck pain.
Your provider at Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care might recommend Minuteman to stabilize your spine if you have:
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal tumors
- Spinal trauma
Minuteman is best suited for cases of back pain that haven’t improved significantly with conservative care.
If you experience persistent back pain, especially if it worsens with prolonged standing or walking, call Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care or schedule an appointment online for more information about Minuteman today.