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SI Buddy Keith

Keith's Story

Back Story
Prior Lumbar Fusion
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
June, 2016 Right side
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"After 20+ years of continual pain and being on some very strong medications and a cane just to walk my dog, I am now pain free, cane free and ready to go!"


Keith was the passenger in a car that was broadsided in the late 1980’s. While Keith was not seriously injured, he did start to notice episodes of low back pain that would come and go over the years. In 2000, Keith started to experience pain in his right leg and hip. He was seen by numerous physicians who ordered epidural steroid injections, lumbar MRIs and physical therapy. It was determined he was experiencing “sciatica” and that his pain was coming from his lumbar spine. 

In 2006 and 2008, Keith underwent lumbar fusion surgeries. While the surgeries did decrease his low back pain symptoms slightly, his leg and hip pain persisted and became progressively worse. Keith was then referred to an orthopedic surgeon for a hip evaluation. It was determined his pain was now coming from his hip and he underwent a right total hip replacement in 2010. “I went through a series of back surgeries and a hip replacement and still had pain 24 hours a day. I was walking with a cane at this point, but mostly stayed at home missing birthdays, nights out and vacations. I could no longer go to the gym, garden, or ballroom dance. I had to give up walking my dog because the pain was so intense.”

Keith had lived with chronic, intractable pain for over 20 years and none of the procedures he underwent addressed his ongoing pain or symptoms. He decided to do his own research on the internet and found the SI-BONE website. “The more I read, the more it all fell into place. My pain could be coming from my SI joint and no one ever even looked at it. I would even put my finger on it and say, this is where it hurts!” 

He requested a list of surgeons in his area and scheduled a consultation. He was seen by an iFuse trained surgeon. He was given a thorough physical examination, including a routine MRI and all his previous medical records were reviewed. He underwent a series of provocative tests and was diagnosed with SI joint dysfunction and scheduled for surgery.

“When I woke up after the surgery there was no leg pain."


In 2016, Keith underwent a right SI joint fusion utilizing the iFuse Implant System®. “When I woke up after the surgery there was no leg pain. Must be the anesthesia, I thought. The next day, no leg pain. Wow, I have no leg pain!” Keith utilized a walker at home for 3 weeks and recovery time was several months. Today, after his successful iFuse surgery, Keith is back to walking 2 miles a day without a cane, gardening, and working out at the gym. “Eventually, I would like to teach ballroom dancing.”

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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