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I visited several doctors for more than two years and luckily the last one knew how to identify my SI joint pain.
When Mindy was involved in an automobile accident in 2010, she suffered multiple injuries, including two herniated lumbar discs and severe hip bruising. Over the course of the next six months, Mindy was in and out of the clinic for follow-up examinations and facet joint injections that provided minimal relief. Two years following the automobile accident, Mindy continued to experience debilitating pain in her buttocks and lower back. After several doctor visits, she found a surgeon who diagnosed her with SI joint disruptions in her left SI joint. He referred her to a pain management doctor, who administered an SI joint injection. Afterwards, Mindy experienced immediate relief for five days. Upon further examination, and noting her positive response to the SI joint injection, Mindy’s surgeon recommended that she undergo the iFuse procedure.
In January 2013, Mindy had the iFuse procedure performed on her left SI joint. Mindy recalls when she woke up from the surgery the deep pain in her lower back was gone. She underwent physical therapy in the hospital and was up using a walker the same day of the procedure. Today, Mindy continues with physical therapy and reports that her SI joint pain is gone and that she is feeling good again.
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.