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Bilateral Sacroiliac Joint Fusion (IFuse)

Started by Kassaaq on 06/03/2017 3:47am

Hi, I have been searching for anyone who has recently had a bilateral SI joint fusion using the IFuse system.

I am 44 years old and after 2 years of chronic pain, lots of medications; 5 x steroid injections; acupuncture; physiotherapy; bowen therapy; hydrotherapy and an opinion by 4 surgeon's I made the decision to proceed to surgery.

I have a herniated L4/L5 and L5/S1 discs.

Prior to surgery I had anaesthetic put into my SI joints to see if I was painfree for a 5 hour period. I was pain free and therefore with the surgeon's advice I proceeded to surgery on the 23rd May 2017.

I woke from surgery with extreme leg pain (left side). I was in hospital for 4 nights and had a CT on day 4 to make sure the rods were in place due to the pain. I have been advise scan was fine. I had only 2 rods inserted each side as surgeon advised I have a very small pelvis.

I experience a pain level of 2 when lying and a 10 when standing. I find I can stand for no longer than 2 minutes due to excruciating calf pain in my left leg. I have lost feeling in my left foot with my 3 left toes feeling like pins and needles.

I have been doing cold packs at home and I am on crutches for 6 weeks.


Has anyone else had this surgery and if so have you experienced this pain, if so would you kindly advise of where you are at.

Thank you
Brisbane, Australia

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Hello, Kassaaq--thank you for sharing your questions with our Community! We are sorry to read about the leg pain you've endured since your recent lumbar spine surgery. When you're not able to walk comfortably, it can take a major toll on your quality of life.

We have a Patients' Guide to Sacroiliac Joint Problems on SpineUniverse that we think will be very helpful for you as you consider the iFuse Implant System to help manage your pain. Within this resource, you can read stories from patients who have had this procedure ( Patient Experiences Before and After iFuse Implant System® Surgery ).

We hope this information helps you learn more about iFuse. We wish you the very best and hope you find relief soon!


The SI Bone fusion is meant to specifically treat SI joint pain. It does not treat herniated lumbar discs. You said you had 2 herniated discs at the L4/5 and L5/S1. Did you also have surgery on these?