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Jeffrey's Story

Location
Wisconsin
Back Story
SI Joint Trauma
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
November, 2016 Right side
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"I'm living life again!"

Background

Several years ago, I fell off a step ladder while doing some work at my mother in law’s home. I fell backward and landed hard on my buttocks. It knocked the wind out of me. After the fall, I started to experience a dull ache in both my butt cheeks that went up into my lower back. I could manage my discomfort with over the counter pain medications.

In 2011, I coughed and had immediate severe back and buttock pain. I fell to the ground like a ton of bricks. I was having severe back spasms and was unable to get off the floor myself. With my wife’s help, I crawled into bed, and that is where I stayed for a week. The pain and spasms where so severe, I finally went to see my PCP who prescribed muscle relaxants, narcotic pain medication and suggested I see a chiropractor. The chiropractor sent me for x-rays, performed manual therapy and prescribed a tens unit. My pain and spasms were now manageable. I wore a back brace and started a home exercise program.

In 2014, I had another flare up with severe back spasms and was referred to a pain management specialist. I could no longer cut the grass, go grocery shopping with my wife, and I avoided using stairs at all costs. My physician sent me for an MRI which showed degenerative disc disease and some changes to my SI joints. I started receiving trigger point injections into the muscles of my back and SIJ areas which did provide some minimal relief. I could get the injections every few months. Sitting was becoming more difficult. I gave up going to baseball games because I couldn’t sit that long. My pain specialist suggested we try SI joint injections. They provided some pain relief so I received them every 3 months for a year.

In 2016, my wife did an internet search for SI joint fusions and found the SI-BONE website. We requested a list of trained surgeons in our area and chose one to see for a consultation. Initially, the surgeon thought my pain was coming from my lumbar spine based on my MRI and x-rays. He then performed a physical examination, including a series of provocative tests that were very painful. Based on that information, and my positive response to the SI joint injections, he thought I would be a good candidate for the iFuse procedure.

"I am now happy to say that I have resumed playing golf, grocery shopping with my wife and going to the movies."

Update

In November 2016, I had an SI joint fusion on the right side utilizing the iFuse Implant System®. I didn’t have much pain when I woke up from the procedure. I stopped taking my pain medication two weeks after the procedure and started walking short distances. Twelve weeks later I had the left side done and I remember being able to sleep with less pain. I would sleep on my back and prop my legs up on a pillow for comfort. Sitting gradually became less painful. I would sit for an hour and then get up and move around. Four weeks after my second surgery I started physical therapy. I could work from home as an IT support person during my recovery. I am now happy to say that I have resumed playing golf, grocery shopping with my wife and going to the movies. I shovel snow during the winter and can even bend over and touch my toes.

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