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The pain had become very difficult to manage and after the iFuse procedure I felt better, emotionally and physically.
In the winter of 2003 Todd slipped and fell on black ice in front of his New York home. As a result, he broke his L3-4 lumbar vertebra in two places and herniated a lumbar disc. His surgeon performed a laminectomy/discectomy but Todd was still in considerable pain. Six months later, his surgeon performed an L3-4 lumbar fusion which helped significantly. In 2011, Todd began experiencing left side lower back, hip and buttocks pain that progressively worsened. By November his pain was constant and he felt he needed a cane to assist with his walking. His surgeon referred him to a pain doctor who began administering SI joint injections. In early 2012 when the SI joint injections became less effective, Todd decided to undergo SI joint RFA (radiofrequency ablation). Todd felt good for eight months but his SI joint pain returned. He underwent a second RFA procedure but it was ineffective. Todd was feeling less confident in his future and began to question whether he would ever be able to enjoy life again.
Todd underwent the iFuse Implant surgery on his left SI joint in November 2013. Todd’s left leg pain and weakness persisted but his SI joint pain was gone and he began feeling confident in his future. “I remember feeling that my outlook on life was once again happy and I began looking forward to seeing my friends and family again.” Today Todd continues to feel good and enjoys many of the activities that he had previously given up due to pain.
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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.