Patients' Guide to Sacroiliac Joint Problems
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Don Got His Golf Swing Back After Decades of SI Joint Pain

“I used to sit in the mall waiting for my wife to finish her shopping. Today, I am by her side thanks to iFuse.”

My Journey
My journey with sacroiliac (SI) joint pain started 25 years ago. I recall the pain first appeared in my lower back and right hip. Then the pain moved to my leg and the right side of my buttocks. My symptoms got so intense that it became difficult for me to sit for longer stretches of time.

As my pain continued to worsen, I wasn’t able to do the things I once enjoyed, such as playing golf, gardening, or lifting my grandchildren. My constant pain also affected my professional life. I had to travel for work, but there were days I simply could not drive myself to my next meeting.

Over the years, I received several epidural blocks that only offered temporary relief. In the spring of 2012, a doctor outside of my health insurance network said I might be experiencing SI joint pain. This information piqued my interest—and I went searching for answers.

Don's sacroiliac joint pain was relieved by SI-BONE's iFuse surgery“It was terrible not being able to lift my grandchildren or play golf, the two things I thoroughly enjoy in life.”I made an appointment with a surgeon trained to perform the iFuse procedure. The surgeon referred me to a pain management physician for my first SI joint injection. After the injection, my SI joint pain disappeared. It felt so good to be pain free that I drove straight to the golf course to hit a bucket of balls.

I felt great the rest that weekend, but then my SI joint pain returned. I told my surgeon that my pain had come back, and I asked about my options. After further examination, my surgeon recommended I undergo the iFuse procedure.

Update
I had the iFuse procedure in July 2012. I was sore at the incision site after my surgery, but my SI joint pain faded significantly just a couple of months later.

It was terrible not being able to lift my grandchildren or play golf, the two things I thoroughly enjoy in life. But the iFuse procedure allowed me to participate in the activities that made me feel happy and fulfilled.

I look forward to playing more golf and spending quality time with my family. I feel grateful every day that I was a candidate for the iFuse procedure.

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: 06/13/17

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