|Indication:||Sacroiliac Joint Disruptions|
|iFuse Implant Procedure Date:||
After the iFuse procedure I had hope again because the pain was no longer controlling my life.
Maria was involved in a serious car accident in 2012. Soon after the accident she was under the care of a surgeon who performed an L2-L3 discectomy and laminectomy. After recovering from the surgery, Maria felt better but reported that she had intensified pain in the left side of her buttocks, hip and leg. Maria’s surgeon suggested that she undergo physical therapy for which she attended regular visits over a period of eight weeks, but was not improving. Her surgeon sent her to a pain management doctor for a diagnostic hip joint injection but she did not experience pain relief. She returned to her pain management physician and he administered an SI joint injection. For the first time since the accident, Maria was pain free for two days. She continued with the SI joint injections, but these only provided temporary relief. Armed with the knowledge that her pain was originating from her SI joint, she began researching her options and discovered the iFuse Implant System®.
In October of 2013, Maria underwent the iFuse procedure and within a few weeks was no longer feeling SI joint pain and had returned to work part time. Looking back, Maria explains that before her iFuse surgery she was feeling isolated and feared that her pain would never end. Today Maria is feeling great and working towards her passion in life as a natural fitness competitor.
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.