Ed

Location: North Carolina
Indication: Degenerative Sacroiliitis
iFuse Implant Procedure Date:
  • December, 2016 Right side

I had tried every conservative option to manage my SI joint pain. Nothing provided relief. Since waking up from the fusion surgery, I have not experienced any SI joint pain.

Background

My wife and I moved to North Carolina in 2007. The following year I started to experience pain that went down the back of my right leg and caused me to walk with a limp. I believed the pain was coming from my hip, so I made an appointment to see an orthopedic hip specialist. After a complete evaluation, he determined that my pain was not coming from my hip, but most likely my lumbar spine. He referred me to a Spine Specialist for consultation. I went through a series of imaging studies that included x-rays and an MRI. It was determined I had multiple levels in my lumbar spine that were the cause of my pain and I was sent for physical therapy and lumbar epidural steroid injections. None of this helped my leg pain.
In 2008, I had lumbar spinal fusion surgery. The surgery completely resolved my leg pain issues and I was back to my old self.

In 2013, I noticed some right buttock pain. I thought I had strained a muscle and saw my PCP who prescribed muscle relaxants and rest. The pain persisted for months and was getting worse. Still seeking answers to my pain, I decided to consult with the surgeon who had performed my lumbar fusion. He reassured me that my fusion was fine and that my pain was most likely coming from my SI joint. He then referred me to a pain management physician, who confirmed my pain was coming from my SI joint. She also told me that many patients who have undergone lumbar fusion surgery have issues with their SI joint down the road. I received a therapeutic SI joint injection approximately every 4 months, went to physical therapy, tried hydrotherapy, dry needling and a tens unit. I was also on narcotic pain medication. Walking became more difficult and I had to give up traveling with my wife. We could no longer enjoy exploring new cities and museums together.

Finally, in 2016, the injections were no longer working and I needed to find something that would help resolve my buttock pain. My wife went online, did some research, and found the SI-BONE website. She requested a list of trained iFuse surgeons in our area and made an appointment.

Update

In 2016, I had an SI joint fusion on my right side performed with the iFuse Implant System®. From the moment I woke up after surgery, I had no buttock pain. I had surgical pain that felt different, but no more buttock pain. I used a walker at home for several weeks and attended physical therapy. I now can walk longer distances and work “semi-retired” in our family business. While I no longer experience any SI joint pain, I hope to keep regaining strength so I can stroll through new cities and museums again with my wife very soon.

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The iFuse Implant System is intended for sacroiliac fusion for conditions including sacroiliac joint dysfunction that is a direct result of sacroiliac joint disruption and degenerative sacroiliitis. This includes conditions whose symptoms began during pregnancy or in the peripartum period and have persisted postpartum for more than 6 months. It may not be appropriate for all patients and all patients may not benefit. For information about the risks, visit: www.si-bone.com/risks.

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