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I feel I was given my life back, surgery was a true miracle for me!
Judy is a florist who owned and operated her own shop for many years. She remembers slipping on water and falling onto her buttocks several years ago. She immediately noticed pain in her left lower back describing it as “achy” and “uncomfortable.” Judy thought it was arthritis and didn’t give it much more thought. When her back pain became continuous on the left, and moved to the right side and down into her hip area, she decided to consult her internist. Her pain had increased to the point she could no longer work, and she was forced to close her business. Her internist referred her to an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and a lumbar MRI. The MRI results indicated lumbar stenosis at multiple levels as well as several herniated discs. She was sent to pain management for physical therapy and therapeutic injections. Neither treatment helped her ongoing back pain. Her pain management physician then performed several sacroiliac (SI) joint provocative tests in his office that reproduced Judy’s back pain symptoms. He suggested a series of diagnostic SI joint injections to confirm that her pain was coming from the SI joint. Judy underwent bilateral diagnostic SI joint injections and had immediate improvement in pain. Judy was sent back to her orthopedic surgeon with a diagnosis of degenerative sacroiliitis. Judy’s orthopedic surgeon did not perform SI joint fusions, but did refer her to his partner who had been trained on the iFuse ProcedureSM. Judy underwent another confirmatory set of bilateral SI joint diagnostic injections with similar results. Although Judy had pain in both SI joints, the surgeon recommended doing the right side first and waiting to see if her pain on the left would improve.
In August of 2014, Judy had a right SI joint fusion utilizing the iFuse Implant System®. “When I woke up from surgery I knew that I was better. Of course there was surgical pain, but it was different.” Judy used a walker at home for 6 weeks and her pain on the left side eventually resolved on its own. Judy is now back to fast pace walking and spending time with her grandkids. She has returned to working as a florist and once again owns her own business.
The SI BuddySM program is reserved for patients who have been diagnosed by a trained surgeon and recommended for the iFuse procedure. SI Buddy volunteers have been successfully treated with the iFuse Implant System®. They are not medical professionals and their statements should not be interpreted as medical advice.
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.