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Minuteman Procedure

Minimally invasive, interspinous-interlaminar fusion device

The Minuteman® is a minimally invasive, interspinous-interlaminar fusion device intended for the fixation and stabilization of the lumbar spine while awaiting bony fusion to occur. The Minuteman® is designed for attachment to the posterior lumbar spine at the spinous processes through its bilateral locking plates, and it is intended for use with bone graft material placed within the device. It provides immobilization and stabilization of the spinal segments. The core threaded post allows for optimal placement and a wide range of sizes allows for enhanced anatomical fit. The Minuteman® is delivered sterile and individually packed.

This procedure is indicated for those patients with a diagnosis of : lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, trauma, tumor.  Our primary indication for this procedure is for those patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.    These symptoms include: persistent lower back pain, stiffness in your back and legs, lower back tenderness, thigh pain and tight hamstring and buttock muscles.

The following questions would help to determine if you’re a candidate for this procedure:

  • Does your back or leg pain worsen with prolonged standing or walking?
  • Does you back or leg pain improve while you are sitting?
  • Does leaning forward improve your pain?

During the 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 material. The lateral approach does not require dissection or stripping of the sensitive back muscles, bones or nerves.  This advantageous approach may lead to a shorter operative time, less blood loss, reduced hospital stay, and a faster recovery time.

Minuteman - MIS Fusion Plate