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Andel's Story

Andel's pain came on gradually, and when she finally went to the doctor, it took about a year and a half to be diagnosed.

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SI Joint Degeneration

“Two and a half months later, I was out hiking, back to being me, back to being fun”

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Background

Andel is a fifth-grade teacher. Her pain came on gradually, and when she finally went to the doctor, it took about a year and a half to be diagnosed: the cause of her pain was the SI joint. They considered other sources first, including the hip and back, but she wasn’t getting any relief.

When she got an SI joint injection [to see if the SI joint was the cause], she said it “changed her life, at that moment. Relief was incredible.” She was referred to an iFuse surgeon, who, with a second injection, confirmed that the source of pain was the SI joint. Then came her battle with insurance that lasted three years, but she finally got approval for SI joint fusion with iFuse. “Two and a half months later, I was out hiking, back to being me, back to being fun,” she said. One of the first things she did was go to the movie theater and actually watch a whole movie, because she could sit in the seats without pain.

Andel’s advice for others: “If you’re in that kind of pain, and you know that you can come out of it and not be in that kind of pain, there’s no reason to say no to [iFuse].” She recommends finding a doctor who specializes in the SI joint who will ask the right questions to help reach the right diagnosis.

This is one patient’s experience, results may vary.

“If you’re in that kind of pain, and you know that you can come out of it and not be in that kind of pain, there’s no reason to say no to [iFuse].”

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. The iFuse Implant System is also intended for sacroiliac fusion to augment stabilization and immobilization of the sacroiliac joint in skeletally mature patients undergoing sacropelvic fixation as part of a lumbar or thoracolumbar fusion. As well, the iFuse Implant system is intended for sacroiliac fusion in acute, non-acute, and non-traumatic fractures involving the sacroiliac joint.

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 our Risks page.

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