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How Does Minuteman Device Help With Lower Back Pain & Stenosis?

In the world of spinal health, finding effective treatments that offer minimal invasiveness and rapid recovery is important for patients suffering from conditions like lumbar spinal stenosis and radiculopathy. The Minuteman procedure emerges as a beacon of innovation, providing a less invasive alternative to traditional spinal surgeries.

Dr. Tim Johans, a respected neurosurgeon in Boise, discusses the benefits of this innovative procedure with his patients, highlighting its less invasive nature, faster recovery times, and superior pain relief capabilities compared to conventional options like spinal fusion. 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.

A Leap in Spinal Surgery: The Minuteman Procedure Explained

Minuteman surgery offers a "dream come true" solution for those affected by low back pain due to spinal canal narrowing facet joint, arthritic pain, and nerve root compression. This technique achieves indirect decompression in the spinal canal by an average of 30% and benefits the nerve roots.

Unlike traditional surgeries that require extensive incisions, muscle disruption, and potentially lead to instability, the Minuteman is performed through a small incision on the flank. This approach significantly reduces the risk of surgery, avoids the destabilization of the spine, and ensures a swift recovery for patients. There is no risk of nerve injury, cerebrospinal fluid leak or increasing spinal instability.

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The Minuteman Offers Minimal Risk & Maximum Recovery

The standout feature of the Minuteman procedure lies in its minimal risk and swift recovery time. It avoids the muscle damage and spinal instability common in more invasive surgeries, letting patients quickly get back to their everyday routines without a long rehab process. This is a key advantage, making the surgical experience much smoother and less disruptive to patients' lives.

A Great Alternative to Fusion

Although the Minuteman procedure offers expansive coverage across various spinal levels, it is important to note its limitation at the L5-S1 level. However, this procedure can be a game-changer for all other levels exhibiting significant stenosis. It effectively diminishes symptoms of radiculopathy, such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness down the leg. It addresses lumbar spinal stenosis and nerve compression, which manifests as a heaviness in the legs that impedes the ability to walk.

The Minuteman procedure represents a significant advancement in spinal surgery, offering hope and improved outcomes for patients suffering from spinal conditions that were unsuccessfully managed with conservative treatments. Consulting with Dr. Johans about the Minuteman procedure can provide expert insights and a tailored treatment plan to effectively address your spinal health concerns.

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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