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Suzanne's Story

Suzanne first felt the back pain after she slipped in a hallway where she was teaching and landed on her bottom. The next day, she was hurting so much, she could hardly get out of bed. 

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"It’s fun to be able to do [these activities] and not hurt”

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Background

Suzanne is 72 years old and had suffered from back pain for more than 25 years. She first felt the back pain after she slipped in a hallway where she was teaching and landed on her bottom. The next day, she was hurting so much, she could hardly get out of bed, so she went to the doctor. The doctor sent her to physical therapy, which she tried for a couple months, but it didn’t help. She started to miss work. It was too painful to stand to teach all day. She felt like her quality of life was suffering and she was just “muddling through, day after day.”

Then, in 2017, her doctor sent her to an SI joint surgeon, to see if he could find what her general practitioner was missing. The new doctor gave her a diagnostic injection to see if the SI joint was to blame. She experienced immediate relief, which indicated that her pain came from her SI joint. Her doctor recommended SI joint fusion with iFuse, and set her expectations that not every patient experiences 100% relief and some may still have restrictions or limitations after the procedure, but Suzanne said she’d be thrilled with 50% relief.

About one year after she saw her SI joint doctor, and since she had iFuse, she said, “And here I’ve had 100% relief. It’s almost unbelievable to me”. She can now walk her Pomeranian service dog, and even pick him up. It used to be too painful. She can also sit and sew, knit, and crochet. “It’s fun to be able to do [these activities] and not hurt,” she said. “To get the relief I have is beyond my wildest dreams, and I’m so glad that we did it.”

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

“To get the relief I have is beyond my wildest dreams, and I’m so glad that we did it.”

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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