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Does Minuteman Surgery Limit My Surgical Options Later?

Degeneration of the spine is a natural part of the aging process, leading to conditions that can significantly impact quality of life. Boise neurosurgeon Dr. Tim Johans explores the nature of spinal degeneration, the innovative Minuteman procedure as a less invasive treatment option, and how it positions patients for potential future treatments.He performs more Minuteman procedures than any other surgeon in Idaho, with fabulous results reported by previous patients. The Minuteman device is a fantastic alternative for most patients compared to fusion. If you are going to consider getting the Minuteman, you should see Dr. Johans first because:

  • He is the only surgeon in Idaho with extensive experience in traditional surgeries and the wisdom to help you choose the best treatment option, surgical or non-surgical.
  • He would not suggest this surgery be performed at a pain clinic to anyone in his family, and suggests the same for his patients.

Patients should always seek the expert opinion of a board certified neurosurgeon to make recommendations and perform any elected surgery. This means that you can trust they will have the experience necessary on the rare occurrence of complications. You should also work with a neurosurgeon who performs the surgery in a hospital, staffed with specialty trained nurses, a certified anesthesiologist, and stocked with all the correct equipment. This will ensure you are getting the best treatment in the safest place possible.

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Dr. Johans is a Diplomat and Fellow of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, board certified in Pain Management and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. He began his neurosurgical career in 1988 and has been practicing in Boise since 1993. With these credentials, you can trust that Dr. Johans has the specialized knowledge and experience to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

He is a dedicated family man who is heavily involved in his community, is involved in several hospital boards and committees and takes pride in being a faith-driven person. Dr. Johans has had a 3 level neck fusion and can discuss options from his vast personal experience.

We also work closely with other non-surgeons if necessary so that our patients can access all available resources when making decisions regarding their treatment plans. Additionally, our team is always prompt in responding to inquiries and addressing patients' concerns throughout their recovery process. Reviews on Google and Healthgrades show that many individuals who have sought treatment from Dr. Johans have found success in his treatments while feeling comfortable and supported throughout their experiences at our office.

The Inevitability of Spinal Degeneration

As we age, our spine naturally begins to degenerate and change. This includes the development of bone spurs, thickening of ligaments, and various other issues contributing to the degradation of spinal health. Such changes can lead to discomfort, pain, and decreased mobility.

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The Minuteman Procedure: A Preliminary Solution

Minuteman surgery is a less invasive procedure to alleviate symptoms of back and leg pain, weakness, numbness or tingling without limiting future treatment possibilities. This innovative technique involves a simple surgical approach that does not prevent the option of undergoing more traditional surgeries later, should symptoms redevelop or previous interventions prove to be insufficient.

The Minuteman procedure is designed to provide relief and may be all that is needed for a patient's lifetime. However, its true value lies in its ability to act as a preliminary solution that keeps the door open for future treatments if necessary.

Contact Dr. Johans for Minuteman Surgery in Boise

If minuteman surgery is a procedure you're considering, Dr. Johans is here to guide you every step of the way. His commitment is to provide personalized care that aligns with your lifestyle and health objectives.

Reach out directly at (208) 327-5621 or start your journey to recovery by completing our patient questionnaire. Together, we’ll explore the best treatment options for you and your lifestyle.

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