Patients' Guide to Sacroiliac Joint Problems
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How Susan Regained Her Life After SI Joint Injury

“After my SI joint injury, my activities were limited to the bare necessities. Today, I feel great thanks to the iFuse.”

My Journey
In January 2011, I was working as a nurse and injured myself while assisting a patient. I knew right away something was wrong because of the amount of pain I was in. At first, the pain was sharp and aching, but then it changed into a burning and throbbing pain in my buttocks and the right side of my groin.

I saw a nurse practitioner and physician at the hospital where I worked. They first recommended physical therapy, but then they referred me to a pain management physician when my symptoms didn’t improve. 

My pain doctor gave me a diagnostic sacroiliac (SI) joint injection that relieved my pain for a couple of hours. The following week, my pain doctor began treating me with a series of steroid injections that continued over the course of 15 months. Unfortunately, this provided little relief.

Susan's sacroiliac joint pain was relieved by iFuse surgery“I could not perform simple tasks, such as grocery shopping, and was no longer the independent and active person I used to be.”

I continued to look for ways to relieve my pain. I attempted osteopathic manipulation and SI joint radiofrequency ablation, but neither offered the relief I needed. I also tried acupuncture—though it relaxed me, it did not provide any relief.

Over the next year, I received monthly SI joint injections that only temporarily relieved my pain. I could not perform simple tasks, such as grocery shopping, and was no longer the independent and active person I used to be.

Two years after my injury, I was desperate to find a long-term solution. I discovered the iFuse procedure and contacted the nurse at SI-BONE, who gave me a list of iFuse-trained surgeons in my area. Soon after, I met with a trained surgeon who recommended that I consider the iFuse procedure.

I underwent the iFuse surgery in July 2013. Within a couple of weeks, I felt my SI joint pain dissipate. And, within months, I resumed many of my normal activities. With my surgeon’s approval, I returned to the crisp, clear air of the New Hampshire mountains to enjoy some of my favorite winter activities.

I have my life back and feel good again. I am very pleased that I found and was treated with the iFuse Implant System.

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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