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SI Buddy Cathy

Cathy's Story

Back Story
SI Joint Degeneration
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
November, 2013 Right side
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"After the iFuse procedure, it no longer takes me several minutes to transition from a sitting position to standing."


Cathy has been under the care of her orthopedic doctor since she began having low back pain in 2005. Her doctor recommended that she begin physical therapy to see if she could strengthen her lower back and improve her flexibility. 

The physical therapy was helpful at first, but soon Cathy’s daily activities began to decline due to her lower back pain. She began having more difficulty moving from a sitting position to standing. She also began experiencing a clicking in her right hip and buttocks that felt like a sharp, stabbing pain that would travel down the back of her leg. When the pain would strike, she found it impossible to move and would have to lay in bed. 

Her orthopedic surgeon ordered an SI joint injection and Cathy experienced pain relief for four hours. Her favorable response to the SI injection, coupled with her symptoms, indicated that her pain was coming from the SI joint. Her doctor recommended the iFuse Implant procedure.


Cathy received the iFuse Implant on her right SI joint in November 2013. She did well after surgery and was feeling better as each day passed. Her normal level of activities slowly returned, and today Cathy feels good again. She is deeply grateful that she is able to spend quality time with her four children, 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

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.

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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