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Todd's Story

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."


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.”


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.

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.

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