Patients' Guide to Sacroiliac Joint Problems
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Janice Is Active Again After Being Sidelined by SI Joint Pain

“Soon after my iFuse surgery, it felt like someone turned off my pain switch.”

My Journey
I’ll never forget when my life changed. It was 2006, and I was bending over a laundry basket trying to remove clothes from an over-filled dryer. Suddenly, I felt intense pain in my lower back and the right side of my buttocks.

My symptoms were so severe that my doctor ordered a gamut of tests—an MRI, bone scan, and a discogram. My MRI confirmed I had herniated discs at L4-L5 and L5-S1 in my low back.

I began receiving lumbar epidural steroid injections, which eased my low back pain, but the pain in my sacroiliac (SI) joint and buttocks persisted.

A year went by, and I was still in considerable pain. I was referred to a neurosurgeon, who found that the source of my pain stemmed from my SI joint. The neurosurgeon recommended I see a pain management physician for SI joint injection treatment.

Janice underwent iFuse Implant surgery that successfully relieved her sacroiliac joint pain“I knew the SI joint injections weren’t a permanent solution—and I was determined to find one.”

The pain relief from the SI joint injections lasted about three to five months. Although the injections gave me some reprieve from my pain, they became less effective over time. I knew the SI joint injections weren’t a permanent solution—and I was determined to find one.

I began researching SI joint dysfunction and learned about the iFuse procedure. That’s when I began feeling hopeful again.

Update
In September 2013, I underwent the iFuse Implant System. Within a couple of months, I felt better and began participating in my favorite activities again. I was even able to go back to work full time.

Nowadays, I walk as much as I can—and I don’t take being active for granted. Swimming is one of my favorite activities, and getting back in the water has been such a rewarding experience.

I look forward to my next chapter. I am grateful I found the iFuse Implant System—it’s returned my positive outlook on life.

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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