How are traditional and MIS sacroiliac joint fusion done?
Traditional sacroiliac joint fusion involves open surgery that may last up to a few hours. Open surgery includes a surgical incision to access the joint, removal of cartilaginous material from the joint and use of bone grafts to help fuse the joint. Patients typically require a several day hospital stay.
Minimally invasive SI joint fusion is the current standard for SI joint fusion. The iFuse Implant System® is a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) option. This MIS procedure requires a small incision and uses a guide pin to facilitate placement of the titanium implants across the sacroiliac joint. These small implants are designed to fix the sacroiliac (SI) joint and allow stabilization and fusion through minimization of micromotion. Typically three iFuse Implants are used in an iFuse procedure.