iFuse Patient Stories
iFuse Implant System® for SI Joint Fusion Case
"In 1981 I hurt myself carrying sheetrock and after 9 years of visits to back specialists, I had lumbar fusion surgery.
In February 2009 I started having a sharp pain around my right chest and back. My family doctor checked it out and found nothing wrong. But the pain got progressively worse and I returned to my doctor's office with intolerable pain in April 2009.
I had several months of chiropractic therapy 3 days a week, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture. Even with this conservative therapy, my daily limitations continued to get worse. I couldn't walk more than a block. I couldn't stand more than 5 minutes and I could only sit for 30 minutes. Lying down was all I could do to be comfortable. I was unable to work, to do any housework or anything that required bending, twisting or even a small amount of movement. And my pain continued to intensify. I met with many back specialists – and none were able to help me.
Finally I had an appointment with my trained iFuse surgeon, who diagnosed the cause of my pain. It was coming from my sacroiliac joint and not my back. He recommended iFuse as a minimally invasive surgical option for me."
These patients were successfully treated with the iFuse Implant System®. The patients are not a medical professional and his/her statements should not be interpreted as medical advice. 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. Clinical studies have demonstrated that treatment with the iFuse Implant System improved pain, patient function, and quality of life. 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, click here.