Pain After Hip Replacement Surgery & SI Fusion - A Patient's Story | SI-BONE

Ray Dickerson

What relieved this man's SI joint symptoms due to degenerative sacroiliitis?

Ray's Story

"I suffered with back pain for 30 years before I got help."

"I went to my doctor with persistent low back problems several years after undergoing hip replacement surgery. I was spending many hours in physical therapy without experiencing any relief."

"Due to the severity of the symptoms, my physician recommended sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion after he diagnosed it using CT guided injection, which provided temporary relief. Within three months following the surgery, I experienced significant relief and was able to resume my normal daily activities. In the subsequent months, I continued to improve, and at one year, the iFuse has returned me to a normal lifestyle."

"I was spending many hours in physical therapy without experiencing any relief."

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. There are potential risks associated with the iFuse Implant System. It may not be appropriate for all patients and all patients may not benefit. For information about the risks, visit:

"You can get depressed with this stuff if it goes, you let it go, let it go, it will take you over.

I suffered with back pain for 30 years before I got some help.

It would get very difficult to stay bent over for any period of time and at that time I was working as a mechanic and a welder and it required a lot of bending over.

Obviously I had to keep working but it was with quite a lot of pain. And there were a number of things that I couldn’t do. 

Some sports.  Bowling, horseshoes, shoveling snow, nobody wants to do that anyway. 

And just walking. 

It really affects everything you do daily. 

It was a lot of pain to deal with. 

I tried physical therapy, I tried injections, and even some medications.

I went to my doctor and he had arranged for injections into the SI joint and they worked but for only about three weeks so we figured that it came down to the SI joint being the culprit and we talked it over and decided to go with the procedure.

I didn’t have any concerns about it, it seemed like a pretty basic operation that he was going to make a small incision and install four titanium pins and be done.
There was improvement right after the operation.  Shortly thereafter it started feeling a lot better and so by the time the eight weeks was up I pretty much was ready to do anything.

Walking was easier, bending over was easier.
I do not have any ongoing therapy.  It didn’t require any after the eight weeks and everything was fine.

Since the procedure I am able to do things that I couldn’t  do before, twisting, bending, walking, just pretty much everything you do during the day that used to be an issue.  

Activities, sports.  I don’t do a lot of sports, but horseshoes, bowling.
Taking care of the lawn, shrubs.  You have to do a lot of bending taking care of those.
I don’t have any problem with the SI joint loading stuff in.

Sometimes they have a job they want done…

maybe some maintenance on the building.

I clean the inside, do the windows, do the floors, vacuum, mop.

So whatever comes up usually I can do. 

The dog likes to walk a lot so we go for a couple, three miles and there’s no problem.  There was a time where I could only go about of a quarter mile and we’d have to quit.  But now we can go as far as we want to go – but three miles is pretty much my limit and she’s very happy with that.

The iFuse procedure was very beneficial to me.  It certainly made a big difference in my life just in the everyday things that we all have to do."