Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion
Nura offers the most innovative new spinal fusion surgery called the Minuteman G5 Fusion System. This less invasive procedure provides immediate relief with less patient stress and recovery time than traditional surgery.
The Minuteman minimally invasive spinal fusion procedure is proving to be highly effective in helping people who experience debilitating pain due to spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, and/or lumbar spinal stenosis. In comparison to traditional spine fusion surgery, the Minuteman procedure offers several benefits:
- May be performed as outpatient surgery in less than an hour via a small incision in the lower back.
- The patient goes home the same day and is usually able to resume daily activities within 24 hours.
- The spine-stabilizing muscles, bones, and ligaments remain intact after the surgery.
“Patients report virtually immediate pain relief after undergoing the Minuteman procedure,” states Dr. Stayner. “They consistently tell us that walking is noticeably more comfortable within just 20 minutes of completing surgery. Leg pain tends to resolve completely after inserting the device. Many patients report being able to reduce their use of opioids and other pain medications after the procedure. We even had one patient schedule the removal of their spinal cord stimulator because their pain relief was so profound.”
Here is how the Minuteman System works
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.
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Is the Minuteman System right for you?
If you suffer from chronic back and leg pain and have not found relief from conservative treatments, your doctor may recommend minimally invasive spinal fusion.
The following questions will help determine if the Minuteman System 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?
- Does leaning forward improve your pain?
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.
It is important to talk to your doctor about the best way to treat your back and/or leg pain. Your doctor will decide if minimally invasive spine surgery is the right choice for your condition.