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

Cara’s Back to Being a Busy Mom After SI Joint Injury

“The iFuse procedure opened a door that’s allowed me to enjoy my life again.”

My Journey
In 2000, I gave birth to my first child. The labor and delivery was difficult, and I experienced debilitating lower back, pelvis, and left leg pain as a result of birthing complications. After I was discharged from the hospital, my left leg became numb, and I had a lot of pain in my buttocks and hip.

I went to see my general practitioner, who ordered an MRI. However, the images did not reveal why I was experiencing so much pain. Later that day, my general practitioner gave me a lumbar steroid injection, but it provided no pain relief. My doctor sent me home with a medication prescription and a physical therapy referral.

Cara underwent SI joint surgery with SI-BONE's iFuse system“Some days, the pain was so overwhelming that all I could do was lay down and wait for it to pass.”

I began avoiding any activity that could aggravate my pain. As the months passed, I carefully learned how to plan my day around my pain. For example, I avoided grocery shopping if it was laundry day to make sure I didn’t overdo it. But this plan wasn’t a long-term solution. Some days, the pain was so overwhelming that all I could do was lay down and wait for it to pass.

For 12 years, I endured my pain—all while being a mom to three young children. One day, my sister convinced me to make an appointment to see a well-known doctor at the local spine center. The doctor recognized my significant sacroiliac (SI) joint pain symptoms and introduced me to another surgeon in his practice who had experience treating the SI joint.

That meeting changed my life. After further examination, my doctor diagnosed me with sacroiliac (SI) joint disruptions. My doctor recommended the iFuse Implant System to treat my pain.

In July 2012, I had the iFuse System procedure. During the first few weeks of my recovery, I began feeling better—in fact, my SI joint pain faded within a month.

Today, I don’t have any SI joint pain. I can comfortably sit through my children’s sporting events. I also don’t have to choose between putting away a load of laundry or unloading the dishwasher.

I’m grateful to get my life back as a busy mom of three young boys. I’ve even found the energy to pursue my master’s degree. Thanks to the iFuse, I have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and am enjoying life again.

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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