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

Todd’s Bright Future Without SI Joint Pain

“The pain had become very difficult to manage. After the iFuse procedure, I felt better— physically and emotionally.”

My Journey
In the winter of 2003, I slipped and fell on black ice in front of my New York home. The fall resulted in a L3-L4 lumbar (low back) vertebral fracture in two places and a herniated disc in my low back. My surgeon performed a laminectomy and discectomy, but I still felt considerable pain.

Six months later, my surgeon performed an L3-L4 lumbar spinal fusion, which significantly reduced my pain. But, in 2011, I began experiencing pain in the left side of my lower back, hip, and buttocks that progressively worsened. By November 2011, my pain was constant, and I needed a cane to help me walk.

Todd's sacroiliac (SI) joint pain was resolved with surgery using SI-BONE's iFuse Implant System“I felt less confident in my future and began to wonder whether I would ever be able to enjoy life again.”

My surgeon referred me to a pain management doctor who began giving me sacroiliac (SI) joint injections. The injections helped temporarily, but they became less effective. In early 2012, I decided to undergo SI joint radiofrequency ablation (RFA). I felt good for eight months, but my SI joint pain returned. I underwent a second RFA procedure, but it didn’t help my pain. I felt less confident in my future and began to wonder whether I would ever be able to enjoy life again.

Update
I had the iFuse Implant surgery on my left SI joint in November 2013. Though my left leg pain and weakness remained after the surgery, my SI joint pain was gone.

I began feeling confident about my future. I remember realizing that my outlook on life was happy once again, and I began looking forward to seeing my friends and family. Today, I continue to feel good and enjoy many of the activities that I had previously given up due to pain.

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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