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Todd's Story

Location
New York
Back Story
Prior Lumbar Fusion
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
November, 2013 Left side
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"The pain had become very difficult to manage and after the iFuse procedure I felt better, emotionally and physically."

Background

In the winter of 2003 Todd slipped and fell on black ice in front of his New York home. As a result, he broke his L3-4 lumbar vertebra in two places and herniated a lumbar disc. His surgeon performed a laminectomy/discectomy but Todd was still in considerable pain. Six months later, his surgeon performed an L3-4 lumbar fusion which helped significantly. In 2011, Todd began experiencing left side lower back, hip and buttocks pain that progressively worsened. By November his pain was constant and he felt he needed a cane to assist with his walking. His surgeon referred him to a pain doctor who began administering SI joint injections. In early 2012 when the SI joint injections became less effective, Todd decided to undergo SI joint RFA (radiofrequency ablation). Todd felt good for eight months but his SI joint pain returned. He underwent a second RFA procedure but it was ineffective. Todd was feeling less confident in his future and began to question whether he would ever be able to enjoy life again.

“I remember feeling that my outlook on life was once again happy and I began looking forward to seeing my friends and family again.”

Update

Todd underwent the iFuse Implant surgery on his left SI joint in November 2013. Todd’s left leg pain and weakness persisted but his SI joint pain was gone and he began feeling confident in his future. “I remember feeling that my outlook on life was once again happy and I began looking forward to seeing my friends and family again.” Today Todd continues to feel good and enjoys many of the activities that he had previously given up due to pain.

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