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Anyone have any experience with the Minuteman procedure? Do any surgeons in New York perform Minuteman procedure?
Hi @harvey2007, as you probably know, Minuteman is one brand of interspinous process device (IPD). There are many brands and types. Here are 2 articles reviewing the different devices:
– https://www.sfspine.com/interspinous-process-devices/ https://www.sfspine.com/interspinous-process-devices/
– Interspinous process devices for treatment of degenerative lumbar spine stenosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6034833/
I'm tagging fellow members who may have first-hand experience with an IPD or are looking into it as well, members like @ftco @esperanza22 @jfsherley and @eskimo88.
Harvey, what have you learned about the Minuteman device? Pros? Cons?
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Thanks so much @colleenyoung
I don’t know much about it except I read it is a very non invasive way to do a fusion. Is that correct?
From reading the articles that @colleenyoung had kindly provided, it seems that the IPD usage has advantage in being minimally invasive (easier/quicker recovery) but with significantly higher risks of complications and no better overall results than the conservative surgery. And it is also (AMAZINGLY) apparent that (sadly) there's not enough good and solid comparative data/studies about the IPD results
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