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Lorie's Story

“Never give up on yourself, and never let an insurance company dictate your future.”

Back Story
SI Joint Degeneration
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
December 2019
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I have worked in a dental office for 29 years. I started to notice lower back pain in 2017. It started as an achy sensation. As time went on, my pain would be aggravated by activities like motorcycle riding, kayaking and jeeping. These activities caused severe cramping in my lower back and gave me a “locking” sensation. I could barely get through a workday. I would have to go home and lay on a heating pad and alternate with ice. I finally decided to see a chiropractor. He would manually adjust me, which helped for short periods of time, but my pain and discomfort would eventually return. I consulted an orthopedic surgeon who prescribed injections and physical therapy. These gave short-term relief, but eventually became less effective over time. I was referred to a pain management physician who continued with injections. I was getting less and less relief. He felt my unresolved pain issues might be coming from my sacroiliac (SI) joint and suggested I consult with a surgeon. The chronic pain changed me as a person. I could no longer do the activities I loved. I was unable to spend time outdoors with my husband, son, and grandchildren.

I consulted with the surgeon, who felt I would benefit from an SI joint fusion. We sent the insurance company all the required documentation, and they denied my procedure. With the help of my physicians and my own determination, we were able to get the denial reversed.

The iFuse procedure gave me my life back. I can get back to the activities I love. I am back to jeeping, kayaking, motorcycle riding, and walking to the local park. I can spend time with my family outdoors. This is where I find my joy.

“Never give up on yourself, and never let an insurance company dictate your future.”

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: Rx Only.

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