Expected Outcomes

Day of iFuse Surgery

Minimally invasive surgical (MIS) approach is less invasive than traditional SI joint surgery. The iFuse procedure involves the insertion of three small, triangular, titanium implants across the SI joint, and is designed to stabilize and fuse the SI joint. This procedure is done through a small incision in the buttock and takes approximately one hour.

The rigid titanium construction and implant geometry of the iFuse implant, available since 2009, should provide immediate stabilization of your SI joint.

The amount of time you stay in the hospital depends on your overall health, but generally, it's a much shorter stay than with traditional open surgery. You may have some soreness at the incision site.

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After the Minimally Invasive iFuse Surgery

After your surgery, the doctor will likely recommend you use crutches for about three weeks, even if you don't feel like you need them, to make sure you heal properly. You may also receive guidelines to ice the surgical site to reduce any swelling, to do certain exercises to keep up your strength, and to visit a physical therapist. You'll receive post-operative guidelines that are suited to your health and situation. Follow your doctor's advice.

At discharge, your surgeon will arrange follow-up visits to assess your progress and health status (including the status of your incision), and may take additional images of your surgical site.

Your doctor will advise you when it is appropriate to resume your daily activities and weight bearing. When you return to work and other activities will depend on your postsurgical progress and occupation.

Read real patient stories about their journeys from SI joint pain to nonsurgical treatments to minimally invasive surgery with iFuse.

Patient Stories

iFuse Success Rates

More than 75 published, peer-reviewed articles have demonstrated safety and effectiveness of the iFuse implant, available since 2009, and clinical studies have shown that treatment with the iFuse Implant improved pain, patient function, and quality of life.18,19,20,21,22

The success of iFuse is due to a few factors. One, it was designed specifically to stabilize and fuse the heavily loaded SI joint -- and nothing else. The iFuse implant's porous surface encourages bony ongrowth and ingrowth,17 which means it's less likely to move, loosen, or slip over time. Also, the triangular implant profile minimizes rotation and an interference fit minimizes micromotion. All these factors help lead to lasting relief of SI joint pain.

Clinical Results

At 5 years, 82% of patients were satisfied, indicating they would have the same iFuse surgery again for the same result.*

iFuse Patient Success Story

"The procedure went very well. I was up and out of bed that same day, into physical therapy."*

Deborah Johnson, iFuse Patient for Degenerative Sacroiliitis

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*Not all patients experience the same outcomes.

Deborah Circle

Resources for Patients

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