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IFuse sacroiliac surgery

Started by ChipT on 07/03/2017 11:39am

Hi. I apologize if this subject is covered somewhere already.

On the 2nd of June, one month ago, I had the IFuse surgery for the sacroiliac joint. The surgery is still relatively new here in France compared to the USA where it has been for nearly a decade. I was the first operation of this kind in the hospital where I was operated in South France.

Unfortunately, after one month I am still experiencing the same type of pain that is undoubtedly coming from the sacroiliac joint (on the right side). My question: If another operation is necessary, will it be easy to remove the IFuse implants and do a traditional fusion surgery of the sacroiliac joint? Or is it better to leave the implants as they are? I have heard of patients having the wrong size implants and needing them replaced.

Prior to this surgery, I had undergone two surgeries to replace discs in my lower back with artificial discs (L4-L5, and later the L5-S1). They have been in place for several years and seem to be fine. However it was not the source of pain, as is often mis-diagnosed before finding the pain was coming from the sacroiliac joint.

Thank you for any help or advise with this issue.

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Hello, ChipT--thank you for sharing your thoughts with our Community. We suggest that you contact your treating surgeon about your ongoing pain or find another surgeon for a second opinion. Here's some information about second opinions that we hope you'll find helpful ( Second Opinions: Five Things About This Patient Right ).

We wish you the very best and hope you find relief soon!