The Minuteman Procedure for Chronic Back Pain Relief 

In Maryland Pennsylvania and Virginia

The Minuteman® Fusion is a minimally invasive procedure that offers relief from chronic back pain caused by spinal stenosis, herniated discs, or degenerative disc disease. The procedure involves inserting a small metal implant into the spine to help stabilize the spine, reduce debilitating pain, improve mobility, and reduce reliance on pain medication. Speak with our doctors today to see if Minuteman® Fusion is right for you.

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Why choose The Minuteman Fusion?

If you are living with chronic back pain and non-surgical treatments like physical therapy, injections, and medications have failed to provide relief, then the Minuteman spinal procedure may be right for you. This cutting-edge treatment offers a minimally invasive solution for chronic pain relief without needing to undergo major back surgery.

Compared to traditional back surgery, the Minuteman® Fusion by Spinal Simplicity generally has fewer side effects and a lower risk profile. The minimally invasive nature of the procedure reduces the likelihood of complications such as excessive blood loss, infection, and nerve damage. Additionally, the recovery time is typically shorter than that of traditional back surgery, allowing you to return to your daily activities more quickly.

For more information about how the Minuteman procedure, candidates for treatments, and many other frequently asked questions, click the resource buttons below. When you're ready to speak to pain specialists, you can contact us through our online form or by giving us a call to schedule your new patient consultation.

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The Minuteman Procedure for Back Pain

Chronic back pain can be caused by a variety of conditions that affect the spine. Common conditions associated with chronic back pain include spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and degenerative disc disease. Here is a breakdown of each of those conditions:

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a common condition that occurs when the spaces within the spine narrow, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. This pressure can cause pain, weakness, and numbness in the legs, back, and buttocks. Spinal stenosis most commonly affects people over the age of 50 and can be caused by a variety of factors, including aging, arthritis, and injury.

Herniated discs

A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, is a condition that occurs when the soft, gel-like center of an intervertebral disc pushes through the tougher outer layer. This can put pressure on nearby nerves, leading to pain, weakness, and numbness in the back, neck, arms, or legs. Herniated discs are commonly caused by factors such as aging, injury, or strain due to repetitive movements or improper lifting.

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Degenerative Disc Disease is a pain condition where the discs between the vertebrae break down over time, causing them to lose their cushioning effect and leading to pain and stiffness. Symptoms of degenerative disc disease can include back pain, muscle spasms, and reduced mobility.

Components of a Spinal Column

The spinal column comprises 26 bones (your vertebrae) and 23 discs. Your discs are the cushions between the vertebrates along your spinal column. Your discs act as ‘shock absorbers that allow for comfortable bending, twisting, and flexing.

Wear and tear of the joints and spinal degradation is a part of aging, and there is no specific cause for it. However, it could be due to multiple factors, such as years of lifting things and bending over, a family history of back problems and arthritis, or injuries.

Disc degeneration usually starts around age 40 and progresses over the years. As the spinal discs begin to wear down, your bones no longer have that cushioning, and they can start to rub together in a way that causes pain. It can also lead to other issues like adult scoliosis, bulging or herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or Spondylolisthesis. Some level of spinal disc degeneration occurs in most people, but for those who experience severe pain, then treatment may be needed.

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

While some people may not experience any pain associated with degenerative disc disease, symptoms will appear if the discs are completely worn down. Degenerative disc disease can occur in the cervical spine (the neck) or the lumbar spine (lower back). Here are some common symptoms:

  • Pain when bending, twisting, or lifting something even moderately heavy.
  • Pain in the buttocks, legs, or feet may get worse when standing or sitting for long periods without a proper break. Pain may also be reduced when properly stretching or sitting/lying in ergonomically correct positions.
  • Muscle spasms can be debilitating or a feeling of your back giving out (caused by the instability of the spine).
  • A numbness or tingling (“pins and needles”) sensation that radiates into the legs.

Non-Surgical Considerations

If someone is suffering from chronic back pain then a pain management doctor will usually attempt to relieve the pain through non-surgical methods, such as injection therapies and medication management. However, sometimes these treatments are not enough and surgery may be needed to correct the problem. The minuteman is specifically used for a surgery known as spinal fusion, which is when two or more vertebrae are permanently connected so there is no movement between them. 

Spinal Fusion And The Minuteman® Device From Spinal Simplicity 

Spinal fusion is a typical corrective surgery for degenerative disc disease. The minuteman is an alternative to traditional rods, plates, and screws. The device itself is made up of bilateral locking plates, a core threaded post, a fixed plate, and a locking hex nut to secure the device. It comes individually packaged and sterilized. It’s also available in different sizes to be able to perfectly fit your anatomy.  

Candidates for Minuteman® Fusion Treatment

The Minuteman® procedure effectively addresses various spinal conditions, such as spinal stenosis, arthritis, cancer pain, Spondylolisthesis, and herniated discs, with a primary focus on treating Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). Our pain management specialists first explore non-surgical approaches like injection therapies and medication management to alleviate your discomfort. However, in cases where these treatments prove inadequate, the Minuteman Fusion may be necessary to resolve the issue successfully.

The Minuteman Procedure 

The following step-by-step outline of the Minuteman spinal procedure ensures that patients understand the process and feel confident in their decision to undergo this cutting-edge treatment.

  1. Initial Consultation: Board-certified doctors assess the patient's condition, review their medical history, and determine if the Minuteman® Fusion is the appropriate treatment option.
  2. Preparing for The Minuteman Surgery: Patients receive detailed instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, including any necessary pre-operative tests or adjustments to medications.
  3. Anesthesia: Before the Minute Man back surgery begins, patients are taken to the operating room to be prepped by an attendant. The area on the back where the procedure will be performed is cleaned with an antiseptic solution. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area, and anesthesia may also be given through an intravenous line (IV). X-rays are used throughout to mark the exact spot for the surgeon to work on.
  4. Accessing the Affected Disc: With the patient lying face down on the operating table, the surgeon makes a small incision near the affected area of the spine. The incision should be no more than one inch long. A process known as dilation is conducted, where multiple tubes (increasing in size per tube) are inserted through the incision to open up the space around the muscles and provide access to the spine. One final tube, still relatively small to maintain minimal invasiveness, is inserted into the space to allow the Minuteman device to be guided and implanted with bone graft material.
  5. Implanting the Minuteman® Fusion Device: The Minuteman® Fusion implant is carefully inserted into the spine to support the damaged disc and relieve pressure on the nerves.
  6. Closing the Incision: Once the implant is securely in place, the incision is closed using sutures or staples.
  7. Minuteman Post-Op Instructions: After the operation, any instruments and tubes are removed, the tiny cut is sealed, and a dressing is placed over it. The entire process should take no more than an hour, and patients should be able to be up and moving again shortly after.

Minuteman Spine Procedure Recovery

At Pain and Spine Specialists, we understand that recovery is an essential part of your journey to a pain-free life. Our team is committed to providing patient-centered care, supporting you every step of the way as you recover:

Recovery Process

Following the Minuteman® Fusion procedure, our board-certified doctors will closely monitor your progress and provide you with detailed instructions for post-operative care. This may include pain management strategies, wound care, and activity restrictions to ensure a smooth and successful minuteman back surgery recovery.

Timeline for Returning to Normal Activities

While individual recovery times may vary, most patients can expect to return to normal activities within a few weeks after the Minuteman Spine Fusion procedure. Here is a general timeline to give you an idea of what to expect:

  • 1-2 weeks post-procedure: Patients can typically resume light activities and walking, gradually increasing their level of activity under the guidance of their doctor.
  • 3-4 weeks post-procedure: Most patients can expect to return to work and daily activities, depending on the nature of their job and their overall progress.
  • 6-8 weeks post-procedure: With their doctor's approval, patients can generally begin to engage in more strenuous activities and exercise routines.

Throughout the recovery process, it's essential to follow your doctor's recommendations and attend all scheduled follow-up appointments.

Possible Side Effects of Spinal Fusion

We believe it's essential for our patient's to be informed about the potential side-effects of treatments like the Minutemen procedure. Our board-certified doctors will carefully discuss the risks and benefits of the Minuteman back surgery with you, ensuring that you feel confident in your decision. Some of the potential side-effects associated with the Minuteman back procedure include:

  • Temporary pain or discomfort at the incision site
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve injury
  • Implant migration or failure

Our skilled surgeons use minimally invasive techniques and take all necessary precautions to minimize these risks during the procedure.

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Minuteman Procedure 

As with all procedures, there are advantages to a minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery and risks that a person assumes when they agree to it. One of the biggest reasons people choose to have minimally invasive surgery is because it causes the least amount of trauma to the body and has a short recovery time. Since it is an outpatient procedure, most patients can go home that same day and move around with limited motion.

Full-on open spinal fusion surgery can leave a patient recovering for months. In contrast, a minimally invasive surgery generally has a recovery time of a matter of weeks, with patients being able to return to work after a couple of weeks. There is also a decreased risk of blood loss during the procedure and post-operative infections.

While there are several advantages to The Minuteman system, there is a chance that the device will not provide you with adequate pain relief. If your procedure does not work the first time, additional surgery may also be necessary.

When Is Spinal Fusion Necessary?

If you suffer from chronic back pain, a pain management specialist can help determine the best treatment for your needs. When other non-surgical treatment methods have not helped, your pain management doctor may recommend The Minuteman® procedure to provide you with better relief.

Your specialist will review the benefits of this procedure and any potential risks you may incur. If they decide it is an appropriate treatment, they will then advise you on the necessary steps to prepare for and go through with the procedure.

About Us

At Pain and Spine Specialists, we are comprehensive pain management practice with board-certified doctors that specialize in minimally invasive treatments, like The Minuteman® Fusion. 

Candidates for Treatment

Patients with the following disorders, injuries, diseases, or infections may be candidates for a The Minuteman Procedure:

Pain Conditions and Pain Regions

The Minuteman Procedure is often used to treat pain in the following regions and conditions:

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Minuteman Procedure FAQ's

What types of doctors offer the Minuteman Procedure?

The Minuteman Procedure is typically offered by orthopedic surgeons and pain management specialists.

Is the Minuteman Procedure covered by insurance?

Coverage for the Minuteman Procedure varies depending on the insurance provider and plan. It's best to contact your insurance company directly to find out if this procedure is covered.

What are the alternatives to the Minuteman Procedure?

Alternatives to the Minuteman Procedure may include physical therapy, pain medication, injections, or other types of surgery such as spinal fusion or discectomy.

Is the Minuteman Procedure considered minimally invasive?

Yes, the Minuteman Procedure is considered a minimally invasive spinal surgery.

How do I find a Minuteman Procedure treatment center near me?

You can find a treatment center near you by consulting with your healthcare provider for a referral or by researching online.

How do I find a Minuteman Procedure specialist near me?

You can find a specialist near you by asking your primary care physician for a referral or by searching online through medical directories or health websites.

Is the Minuteman Procedure considered a minimally invasive treatment?

Yes, the Minuteman Procedure is considered a minimally invasive treatment.

How much does the Minuteman Procedure cost?

The cost of the Minuteman Procedure can vary greatly depending on the healthcare provider, location, and specific patient needs.

What treatments are often tried before considering the Minuteman Procedure?

Before considering the Minuteman Procedure, doctors may recommend treatments such as pain medication, physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and injections.

What are the reviews for the Minuteman Procedure?

Reviews for the Minuteman Procedure can be found online. It's important to read through multiple reviews and consider professional medical advice when evaluating the effectiveness of a treatment.

Do Medicare and Medicaid cover the Minuteman Procedure?

Coverage for the Minuteman Procedure under Medicare and Medicaid can vary, so it's recommended to check directly with these programs.

Billing / Insurance Questions

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Usually within one week of the initial call.

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At Pain and Spine Specialists we provide comprehensive pain care while offering the most up-to-date minimally invasive techniques. Our ethos is to treat each patient (and potential patient) as if they were a family member.

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Spinal Fusion Doctors in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia

At Pain and Spine Specialists, our board-certified doctors have over 20 years of experience in treating chronic back pain and degenerative disc disease. Together with our physician assistants and nurse practitioners, we are dedicated to providing effective, interventional treatment options like The Minute Man procedure.

We understand that each patient's journey is unique, which is why we prioritize patient-centered care and trust-building. Our team takes the time to get to know you and your specific health needs, ensuring that we develop customized treatment plans tailored to your condition.