“After over a decade of pain, frustration and misdiagnosis, I was so happy to get the SI fusion and get my life back. Now I am back to living my life!“
- Back Story
- Pregnancy Related
- iFuse Implant Procedure Date
- December 2018, left side
My pain started 18 years ago after the birth of my first child. I described it as tail bone pain back then. It would come and go, and I would occasionally see my primary care physician for treatment. I am a very active person and enjoyed participating in triathlons, competitive running and weight lifting. Over the years my pain increased in my lower back, and in front by my hip. I would describe this as nerve pain. I was seen by multiple orthopedic surgeons, spine specialists, and physical therapists. I had numerous x-rays and MRIs of my lumbar spine. No one was able to determine the source of my pain. I tried massage therapy, chiropractic and PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections. None of these treatments alleviated my pain.
In 2011 I gave birth to twins. The pregnancy was difficult, complicated by pelvis and rib pain. I was still trying to stay active by running but it was too painful. I even wore an SI-Belt, but it was not helpful. I was having to use an adaptive kneeling chair at work because sitting was too painful. I had to cancel work trips because I could not sit on a plane. I would often use crutches or a wheel chair when I would have a really bad pain flare up.
Finally, an orthopedic surgeon I was seeing suggested we try an SI joint injection. I had good pain relief and he referred me to a new physical therapist. She was able to pinpoint my SI joint problem immediately. I continued with physical therapy and SI joint injections. I had good relief for short periods of time, but when I resumed my work out routine, the pain would return. I felt like these treatments where just a band aid and I started to look for a more permanent solution. I found the SI-BONE website, did some research, and requested a list of trained surgeons in my area.
I set up a consultation with a surgeon in my area and he was able to identify my pain generator on my first visit. He performed a series of provocative maneuvers that sent me flying off the table because they were so painful. Because I had already tried all conservative treatment options to manage my pain, he offered me the iFuse procedure as a permanent solution.
In 2018 I underwent a left SI joint fusion utilizing the iFuse Implant System. I felt better immediately after surgery. I had surgical pain, but it was different. I was able to sit without discomfort within a few days. I was on protective weight bearing for 6 weeks utilizing crutches which was mentally tough for me. Soon after, I was released to resume travel for work. I am now back to running, weight lifting, attending spin classes and playing with my kids.
This is one patient’s experience, results may vary.
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, talk to your doctor and visit: www.si-bone.com/risks. Rx Only.