Patients' Guide to Sacroiliac Joint Problems
SI-BONE® — iFuse Implant System®

After Decades of Chronic Pain, Keith Got His Life Back with iFuse

"After more than 20 years of continual pain, I was on some very strong medications and had to use a cane just to walk my dog. But, now I am pain free, cane free, and ready to go!"

My Journey
In the late 1980s, I was the passenger in a car accident. Fortunately, I was not seriously hurt, but I did begin experiencing occasional low back pain as a result of the accident.

In 2000, I started feeling pain in my right leg and hip. I went to multiple doctors who ordered epidural steroid injections, MRIs, and physical therapy to get to the bottom of my pain. My doctors said I was experiencing sciatica, and that my pain originated in my low back.

In 2006 and 2008, I underwent lumbar spinal fusion surgeries. Though the surgeries reduced my low back pain, my leg and hip pain didn’t respond to the procedure. In fact, they got progressively worse.

“I went through a series of back surgeries and a hip replacement and still had pain 24 hours a day.”"I went through a series of back surgeries and a hip replacement and still had pain 24 hours a day."

Still seeking answers to my pain, I saw an orthopaedic surgeon to learn more about my hip pain. The orthopaedic surgeon said that the source of my pain was in my hip, and so I had a right total hip replacement in 2010.

"I went through a series of back surgeries and a hip replacement and still had pain 24 hours a day. I was walking with a cane, but I mostly stayed at home missing birthdays, nights out, and vacations. I could no longer go to the gym, garden, or ballroom dance. I had to give up walking my dog because the pain was so intense."

I lived with chronic, uncontrollable pain for more than 20 years, and none of the surgeries I had adequately managed my pain and symptoms. That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I did some research online and found the SI-BONE website. The more I read, the more it seemed like this could be my solution. My pain could be coming from my SI joint, and no one ever even looked at it.

I requested a list of iFuse-trained surgeons located near me and scheduled a consultation. My surgeon gave me a thorough physical examination, reviewed my medical records, and ordered an MRI. After some additional tests, I was diagnosed with SI joint dysfunction and scheduled for surgery.

Update
In 2016, I had an SI joint fusion on my right side using the iFuse Implant System®.

After the procedure, I had no more leg pain. I assumed it was the effects of the anesthesia, but I had no leg pain the next day, too.

I used a walker at home for 3 weeks, and it took several months to fully recover. My successful iFuse surgery has allowed me to walk 2 miles a day without a cane, get back into gardening, and work out at the gym.

Without pain holding me back, I’m able to enjoy the things I love and embark on new activities. Someday, I hope to teach ballroom dancing!

This information is not intended to take the place of a doctor's advice. Please keep in mind that treatment and outcome results vary among patients. 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. 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, read the Important Safety Information.

Updated on: 05/05/17

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