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Kim's Story

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SI Joint Trauma
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
September, 2013 Left side
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"After iFuse, I can bend over at the waist with no pain."


In 2008, Kim was playing softball with her daughter and teaching her how to slide into a base. Her extended leg caught something on the ground jarring it abruptly and she immediately felt lower back and left upper thigh pain. Over time, Kim’s pain intensified. An MRI revealed that she had a herniated L5-S1 disc. She underwent a micro discectomy, but felt the same pain return almost immediately. A few months later, Kim’s surgeon suggested performing an L5-S1 lumbar fusion, but Kim felt she was not ready to undergo the procedure. In 2013 her pain management doctor performed steroid injections near the L5-S1 disc, but again she felt no relief. Upon further examination of her symptoms, he decided to inject her SI joint and for the first time she experienced pain relief. With this result, her pain management doctor referred Kim to a surgeon who was trained to perform the iFuse procedure.


In September 2013, Kim underwent the iFuse procedure and today has returned to her normal activities. Kim reports that the previous pain generated by her SI joint is no longer radiating down her leg and her upper thigh pain is gone. Kim is still employed as a literacy coach and can work easily for long periods of time with her students without experiencing SI joint pain.

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