Lower Back & Hip Pain After Pregnancy: Trish's iFuse Story | SI-BONE

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Trish's Story

Back Story
Pregnancy Related
iFuse Implant Procedure Date
March, 2014 Left side
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"I am spending quality time with my kids again and have returned to work part time thanks to the iFuse procedure."


After giving birth to her second child in 2003, Trish began feeling hip and lower back pain. She reported this to her OB GYN and internist and was told that she was experiencing the normal aches and pains of childbirth. 

In the following year she began noticing a grinding and popping in both hips. In 2008, Trish’s pain began to increase and she returned to her physician who ordered a series of diagnostic imaging tests and physical therapy. The imaging results did not reveal a problem and her physical therapy sessions did not relieve her pain. 

Over the course of the next three years, Trish’s pain became intolerable. She was experiencing numbness and buckling in her left leg and was unable to stand or walk for any length of time. In 2011, Trish made an appointment with a new pain doctor who diagnosed her with SI joint disruption. 

Soon thereafter, he administered an SI joint injection which provided complete pain relief. She continued having SI joint injections every few weeks, but they became less effective over time.


Trish learned about the iFuse procedure while researching SI joint information on the internet. She contacted the nurse at SI-BONE and received three surgeon referrals. Trish decided on a surgeon who she was comfortable with and scheduled her iFuse procedure for March 2014. 

Today, Trish has returned to her normal daily activities and no longer experiences SI joint pain. What excites Trish the most about her future is spending quality time with her children. Her career is back on track as a busy realtor and Trish is pleased with her progress. * This person participated in a clinical trial sponsored by SI-BONE. She is not being compensated to be an SI-Buddy, but has voluntarily elected to share her experience.

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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