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Leah's Story

Location
Pennsylvania
Back Story
SI Joint Degeneration
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
March, 2013 Left side
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"The iFuse procedure allowed me to stay very active within my community."

Background

In 2005 Leah began experiencing mild leg and ankle pain that gradually got worse and eventually became constant. Along with her leg pain, she was experiencing lower back and buttock pain. She began physical therapy without relief and stopped attending the sessions. Leah received an L5-S1 nerve block that eliminated the leg and ankle pain but her buttocks and lower back pain persisted. Because Leah was a nurse, she began researching her symptoms and discovered that she may be experiencing SI joint pain. Leah shared her findings with her pain management doctor and he suggested administering an SI joint injection from which she felt immediate pain relief for several hours. Leah continued to receive SI joint injections every couple of months each providing pain relief lasting several hours. Her pain management doctor performed radiofrequency ablation (RFA) from L2-S1 and to her SI joint but this did not ease her pain. Her neurosurgeon was aware that she had positive and consistent results after the SI joint injections and performed provocative maneuvers to confirm that her SI joint was the pain generator. He discussed the iFuse procedure with Leah and recommended that she undergo the iFuse surgery.

“I raise Samoyed dogs and they require a lot of attention. Being able to play and exercise with them again is such a great feeling.”

Update

In March 2013 Leah underwent the iFuse procedure. Within a few days, Leah began noticing an improvement in her pain level. Within weeks, Leah had significant pain relief and began returning to her busy life as a dog trainer and community leader. “I raise Samoyed dogs and they require a lot of attention. Being able to play and exercise with them again is such a great feeling.” Leah was once again participating in regional competitions, visiting with her tight knit community of friends and simply returning to the things she loved to do most.

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