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Becky's Story

Back Story
SI Joint Degeneration
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
June, 2013 Left side
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"I had hope for the first time after learning about the iFuse procedure."


In 2010, Becky began feeling moderate pain in her left hip. She attributed this to her active lifestyle of working fulltime and attending school while caring for her mother. As the year passed, Becky’s discomfort intensified to what she described as a sharp stabbing pain that radiated from her buttocks to her left hip. The pain interrupted her sleep and it was difficult for her to walk or stand for more than five minutes. Becky’s family doctor diagnosed her with arthritis and referred her to physical therapy. While attending one of her PT sessions, she noticed a poster on the wall depicting SI joint pain. She explained to her physical therapist that her pain was very similar to the poster description. With this information, her PT confirmed that her pain was coming from her left SI joint. Her PT suggested that Becky see a pain management doctor who could administer an SI joint injection hoping this would give her some relief. After the SI injection, Becky experienced pain relief that lasted four months. She continued her PT and SI joint injections, but over time, the injections became less effective. Becky’s pain management doctor referred her to a surgeon trained to perform the iFuse procedure.


In June 2013, Becky decided that she would undergo the iFuse Implant procedure. After her minimally invasive surgery, Becky recalls being sore at the incision site but felt less pain in her SI joint. She was very happy to know that she had turned a corner and was beginning to improve. Within three months after her iFuse procedure, Becky returned to her normal activity level and back to managing her busy life and work within her community as a counselor.

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®. 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.

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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