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Catherine's Story

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SI Joint Degeneration
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
February, 2013 Left side | May, 2013 Right side
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"I am so grateful that I found iFuse and had access to wonderful care that helped me."


In 2009, Catherine began experiencing SI joint pain on both sides. In the summer of 2010, Catherine's SI joint pain became increasingly worse even though she was receiving regular SI joint injections every three months. The injections helped for the first few months but as they became less effective, Catherine would feel pain, numbness, and tingling from her buttocks all the way down to her legs.


After Catherine’s iFuse procedures in 2013, she began feeling better and was able to regain many of the activities that she lost due to her discomfort. She remains highly positive, while maintaining her can-do attitude. Catherine wants others to know that there is hope for those who suffer with SI joint disruption and not to give up.

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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