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Dee's Story

Dee was critically injured in a car accident, and found herself in tremendous pain. She felt she was sitting on a seat of knives. She wanted to get on the floor to play with her grandchildren, but she couldn’t. Any movement hurt, even getting out of bed.

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SI Joint Trauma

“I liked it so much I had it twice.”

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Background

Dolores, who goes by Dee, is a retired school teacher. She was critically injured in a car accident, and found herself in tremendous pain. She felt she was sitting on a seat of knives. She wanted to get on the floor to play with her grandchildren, but she couldn’t. Any movement hurt, even getting out of bed.

She had injections and physical therapy but nothing seemed to work. She was in pain 24/7. She was referred to a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of SI joint. She eventually had SI joint fusion on one side, then a year later, on the other side, too. She said with a laugh, “I liked it so much I had it twice.” After her minimally invasive SI joint fusion surgeries, she had some limitations at first, like driving, but day by day she could do more. She found it was such a reward to be out on the golf course. And being on the floor playing with her small grandchildren was something she could not have done before her SI joint fusions.

She said, “It’s like being reborn… there’s nothing I can’t do.” She knew that something had to help relieve her pain, and it turned out to be SI joint fusion. Dee feels like her doctor gave her her life back, and she wanted to share her story with others in a similar situation.

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

"It’s like being reborn… there’s nothing I can’t do.”

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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