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Lisa's Story

Location
California
Back Story
SI Joint Degeneration
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
October 2016 (Left side); December 2016 (Right side)
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Her Story

I have lived with low back pain, on and off, for the last 20 years. I worked from home and sat long hours every day. I thought this might be contributing to my low back and buttock pain. In 2008, I went waterskiing, which caused my symptoms to worsen. I noticed pain that traveled down the back of my legs.  It was becoming difficult to sit in the car. I couldn’t sleep because the pain in my legs would wake me up. I decided it was time to consult with a doctor. I went to a pain management physician who thought my pain was coming from my lumbar spine. I was sent for epidural steroid injections and physical therapy. I had a total of 28 lumbar injections. My physical therapist worked to strengthen my piriformis muscle. While this did help with sitting, my other symptoms continued. I was then referred to a surgeon to assess my ongoing pain issues. I was sent for an MRI and a CT scan of my lumbar spine, and it was determined I had multi-level disc herniations. At this point I was not sleeping, was unable to walk, sit, or exercise. My surgeon recommended surgery. In 2014, I had an L3-4 posterior lumbar fusion. In 2015, I had an L4-S1 anterior/posterior lumbar fusion. Most of my leg pain issues improved with these surgeries. My nerve pain was gone, but I did continue to have severe buttock pain.

In 2016, I decided to revisit my surgeon. I was having buttock pain primarily on the left side. He thought this could be coming from my SI joint. He took x-rays and reassured me my lumbar spine looked fine. I was then sent for SI joint injections that helped temporarily. The pain persisted despite steroid injections and physical therapy. I had developed right-sided buttock pain by this time as well, although the left side was worse. My surgeon discussed fusing the SI joints utilizing the iFuse Implant System®.

iFuse Procedure

October 2016, I had a left SI joint fusion. I used a walker and crutches for 3 weeks and had help around the house. Things like a walk-in shower and shower chair were very helpful. I used a rolling office chair to help navigate the kitchen for cooking, and a small stool next to the bed to help me get in and out. I noticed a “pins and needles” feeling when I started to walk unassisted. This sensation resolved on its own in about 3 weeks. Two months later, I had a right SI joint fusion. I already knew what to expect regarding recovery, so it was a bit easier the second time around. I did attend physical therapy after my second SI joint fusion which was very beneficial.

My life is different now. I am active, I walk, garden and attend a Barre class that focuses on core strength and balance. I had what was wrong fixed and I am back to living my life!

I had what was wrong fixed and I am back to living my life!

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®. 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.

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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