SI Joint Trauma from Lifting a Heavy Object - Barbara's iFuse Story | SI-BONE

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Barbara's Story

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SI Joint Trauma
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
February, 2013 Left side
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"I have worked in the healthcare field since I was 17 years old because helping people and giving back gives me great joy."


In the summer of 2012, Barbara was lifting a cooler at a family picnic and felt a sudden onset of pain in her lower back. She experienced tightness, tingling and numbness in her upper thigh, buttocks and hip. The pain immediately began disrupting Barbara’s sleep and her ability to sit for more than a few minutes at a time. Within two weeks, Barbara visited a pain doctor and was diagnosed with left SI joint disruption and L4-L5 disc pain. Her doctor treated her with SI joint and lumbar injections from September to January 2013, which helped temporarily, but they became less effective over time.


After Barbara’s iFuse Implant procedure was performed in February 2013, she reported noticeable improvement within two days following the surgery and began feeling like her normal self within three months. During Barbara’s recovery she used a walker and returned to work using crutches for a limited time. Today, Barbara is able to enjoy long car rides without pain and has returned to her daily activities.

The SI Buddy® program is reserved for patients who have been diagnosed by a trained surgeon and recommended for the iFuse procedure. SI Buddy volunteers have been successfully treated with the iFuse Implant System®. Although many patients have benefited from treatment with the iFuse Implant System, patients' results may vary. They are not medical professionals and their statements should not be interpreted as medical advice.

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 immobilization and stabilization of the sacroiliac joint in skeletally mature patients undergoing sacropelvic fixation as a part of a lumbar or thoracolumbar fusion. In addition, the iFuse Implant System is intended for sacroiliac fusion in acute, non-acute, and non-traumatic fractures involving the sacroiliac joint.

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