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SI Buddy - Kelly Dunlap 2023 (75128463)

Kelly's Story

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SI Joint Trauma
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
August, 2014 Left side
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"My quality of life improved greatly after I recovered from my iFuse procedure."

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In July 2010, Kelly was rear-ended by a vehicle while stopped at a red light. She recalls experiencing a severe headache, neck strain, shoulder, back, hip and left leg pain. Kelly’s pain progressed over the course of two months and she was unable to place any weight on her left leg. Her husband drove her to the local ER and the attending doctor ordered a series of tests which identified a L4-5 herniated disc and a C5 compression fracture. 

She was referred to a surgeon who performed a C4-5 fusion and soon thereafter she began physical therapy sessions. After the accident Kelly was unable to perform her professional duties as an oral surgical assistant as she could not stand for more than a couple of minutes per day. Fortunately, her manager reassigned her to light administrative duties. Kelly went from a very healthy person to someone living with chronic pain. She was out of her element and didn’t know how to ask for help or look for answers. 

After recovering from her spine surgery, Kelly’s hip and leg pain had not improved. Her surgeon administered an SI joint injection and Kelly felt immediate pain relief for several hours. Over the course of the next 18 months, Kelly received two more SI joint injections that provided her with temporary relief. Because conservative therapy was not a long term solution, Kelly’s surgeon recommended her for the iFuse Implant System. Kelly was pleased to learn about this option and began researching as much information as she could find about the iFuse procedure.


In August 2014, Kelly underwent the iFuse procedure. She recalls feeling significant pain relief within a couple of days after surgery and then gradually improving over time. Kelly was so pleased with her results and optimistic about her future, she found it difficult to decide what goals she should set for the coming weeks and months. Looking back, Kelly never thought she would be able to sit through a meal with her family or enjoy a movie date again with her husband. Although Kelly wasn’t able to return to her duties as a surgical assistant, she is grateful to have returned to work full time. Today Kelly enjoys bicycling on the weekends with her husband and feels happy and healthy again.

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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