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Cathy's Story

Location
Wisconsin
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."

Background

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.

Update

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.

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