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Don's Story

Back Story
SI Joint Degeneration
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
July, 2012 Right side
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"I used to sit in the mall waiting for my wife to finish her shopping. Today I am by her side thanks to iFuse."


Don started experiencing moderate SI joint pain that began about twenty-five years ago. He recalls the pain beginning in his lower back and right hip. Within a few weeks he was experiencing right side buttocks and leg pain that made it difficult for him to sit for an extended period of time. 

As his pain worsened, Don’s activities became more restricted. He could no longer play golf or garden due to his constant pain. His job required him to travel but there were days that he simply could not drive himself to his next appointment. 

Don received several epidural blocks over the years, but those provided only temporary relief. In the spring of 2012, Don learned from a doctor outside of his health plan that he could be experiencing SI joint pain. This was enough information to get Don searching for answers. He visited a surgeon who was trained to perform the iFuse procedure. 

The surgeon referred him to a pain doctor for his first SI joint injection. After the injection, Don’s SI joint pain went away. In fact, he felt so good he drove himself to the golf course and hit a bucket of balls. He continued to feel great the rest the weekend but his SI joint pain returned. He reported his experience to his surgeon and was eager to learn about his options. After further examination, Don’s surgeon recommended that he undergo the iFuse procedure.

“It was terrible not being able to lift my grandchildren or play golf, the two things I thoroughly enjoy in life.”


Don underwent the iFuse procedure in July 2012. After surgery he was sore from the incision but within a couple of months Don’s SI joint pain had significantly diminished. He was feeling good and began participating in the activities that made him feel happy and fulfilled. “It was terrible not being able to lift my grandchildren or play golf, the two things I thoroughly enjoy in life.” Don is looking forward to playing more golf and spending quality time with his family and is so very grateful he was a candidate for the iFuse procedure.

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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