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Janice's Story

Back Story
SI Joint Degeneration
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
September, 2013 Right side
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"Soon after my iFuse surgery it felt like someone turned off my pain switch."


In 2006, Janice was bending over a laundry basket trying to untangle and remove clothes from an over-filled dryer when she began experiencing intense pain in her lower back and the right side of her buttocks. Her symptoms were so severe that her doctor ordered an MRI, bone scan and a discogram. Her MRI confirmed L4-5 and L5-S1 herniated discs. Janice began receiving lumbar epidural steroid injections which eased her lumbar pain, but her SI joint / buttocks pain persisted. Approximately one year had passed and Janice was still in considerable pain. Janice was referred to a neurosurgeon who diagnosed the source of her pain from her SI joint and recommended she see a pain management physician for an SI joint injection. Each SI joint injection would last about three to five months. Although Janice was feeling the benefits of the procedures, they became less effective over time, and she was determined to find a permanent solution. When Janice started researching sacroiliac joint dysfunction she learned about the iFuse procedure and began feeling hopeful again.

“I love to swim and getting back in the water has been such a rewarding experience.”


Janice underwent the iFuse Implant System in September 2013. Within a couple of months, she was feeling better and returned to many of her previous activities as well as working full time. Today she walks as much as possible and swims on a regular basis. “I love to swim and getting back in the water has been such a rewarding experience.” Janice is looking forward to the next chapter in her life and is very thankful that she found the iFuse Implant System.

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. 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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