Degenerative Sacroiliitis & SI Joints - Richard's iFuse Story | SI-BONE


Richard suffered from SI joint pain for 11 years before hearing about the iFuse Implant System.

Richard's Story

Location:  Tennessee
iFuse Implant procedure date:
September 2011, right side; November 2011, left side
Indication: Degenerative sacroiliitis

There was no single event that triggered Richard's SI joint pain, but he believes that his years of waterskiing contributed to his degenerative sacroiliitis. In 1996, Richard first felt a sharp pain in his upper buttocks that would flare up every now and then. The flare ups typically lasted a day or two and would go away. But the pain began to return more frequently and with more intensity. Richard was under the care of a physical therapist for several years, but it wasn't until 2000 that Richard received his first SI joint injection. For the next 11 years, Richard continued with conservative treatments, consisting of SI joint injections and physical therapy. Richard learned about the iFuse Implant System® while watching the local news one evening and investigated further.

In September 2011, Richard had his first iFuse Implant procedure, which was performed on his right SI joint. Two weeks after his surgery, his pain level had decreased significantly and he was feeling better and stronger as each day passed. By the end of the sixth week, Richard and his doctor scheduled an iFuse procedure on the left side. The results of the second surgery were equally as successful. Looking back, Richard wishes that he had learned about the iFuse procedure sooner.

"I couldn't believe that my local news channel was featuring a doctor on TV who was talking about the same SI joint pain that I was experiencing."

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. 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: