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Leah's Story

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."


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.”


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.

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: www.si-bone.com/risks. Rx Only.

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