Southwest Spine and Pain is excited to offer a new approach to provide relief for patients suffering from debilitating pain in the lower back that may extend into the buttocks, leg, and feet.
If you suffer from chronic back and leg pain and have not found relief from conservative treatments, your physician may have recommended minimally invasive spinal fusion.
The following questions will help determine if the Minuteman® is right for you.
• Does your back or leg pain worsen with prolonged standing or walking?
• Does your back or leg pain improve while you are sitting?
• Is your pain worse with prolonged sitting?
• Does leaning forward improve your pain?
• Is your pain relieved when resting?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for implantation of the Minuteman®. For people who are not able to physically handle a more traditional fusion or long recovery, the Minuteman® may be a particularly good option.
The Minuteman® offers a less invasive alternative to traditional fusion procedures. When it comes to stabilizing the spine, the Minuteman® has been shown to be comparable to screws and rods. This helps alleviate symptoms of back and leg pain. During this procedure, a 1-inch incision is made on the side of your body, dilation is used to access the spine, and the Minuteman® is implanted with bone graft. The advantages of this approach are that it does not require dissection or retraction of the sensitive back muscles, bones, or nerves. This may lead to a shorter operative time, less blood loss, reduced hospital stay, and a faster recovery time.