Several factors make up a healthy spine. Soft, sponge-like discs act as cushions and shock absorbers between the vertebrae to keep the spine in alignment and facilitate movement. When everything is working as it should, you can walk, run, play sports, and sit in your favorite chair without worrying about pain or stiffness.
However, as you age, the discs that support the spine can slip out of place and become brittle and dry, leading to pain and mobility issues along the length of the spine from your neck and lower back down to your legs.
When the spine becomes unstable due to conditions like degenerative disc disease or arthritis, our team of pain management specialists may recommend spinal fusion to help treat and manage your pain and improve your quality of life. At Republic Spine and Pain, we offer a range of pain management treatments for neck and back pain at three convenient locations in Austin, Leander, and Georgetown, Texas.
What is the Minuteman® procedure?
The Minuteman® procedure is an outpatient, minimally invasive alternative to traditional open back surgery. A small, screw-like device containing bone graft material is attached to the spine through a small, one-inch incision at one side of the lower back.
The purpose of the Minuteman® is to secure and stabilize the spine to treat pain caused by degenerative disc disease, arthritis, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, tumors, or a traumatic injury to the spine.
The device acts as a spacer and fusion device to create stability in the spine. It helps minimize pain by preventing vertebrae and bony fragments from rubbing together and creating friction.
When is the Minuteman® procedure recommended?
The Minuteman® procedure is recommended for relief from chronic back pain. Since the procedure is minimally invasive and doesn’t require traditional open back surgery, there are generally fewer side effects and recovery time involved.
If you have chronic back and leg pain that worsens or intensifies after standing up or spending time on your feet, the Minuteman® device may be a good option for you. The first step in finding relief for chronic back pain is to schedule an appointment for a consultation with our team at Republic Spine and Pain.
After a comprehensive exam and medical history, our team will recommend the best treatment option for your needs and circumstances. Many options are available to help manage your pain, and you should never accept pain as a “normal” part of life.
For more information about the Minuteman procedure and to find out whether you’re a good candidate, contact Republic Spine and Pain today to schedule an appointment with a pain specialist at one of our three convenient locations in Austin, Leander, and Georgetown, Texas.