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SI Bone I-Fuse (having bilateral si joint surg Aug 3rd, need help)

Tarah1012TTarah1012 Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:55 AM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
Hi everyone! I am hoping that someone or several people can give me some idea on their recovery from having bilateral si joint fusion surgery with the ifuse. I have talked to a few people that have had one side done, and they are telling me NOT to do the bilateral. I really have no choice, and I am going to go ahead with both sides because I do not have the time to do one side and then go back for the other, but would appreciate if anyone could tell me what their recovery time was. How long until you went back to work? I do have a desk job. How long until you were weight bearing?

Actually even if you just had one side done, how long until you went back to work? How long until you were weight bearing?

Thank you in advance!
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Comments

  • Hi Tarah. Just wondering how your procedure went? Here's to hoping you are doing well. When you feel up to it, please post and let us know how it's going. Best wishes. Lisa.
  • I had the SI Joint surgery on July 18, only overnight in the hospital. I can't put my weight on my left leg for six weeks which isn't too easy but I am hopefully managing with a walker and a wheelchair.
    I don't have the pain in my groin and down my leg that I was having. Still a bit of pain in the buttocks area.
  • Oops, made a mistake, I actually had the surgery on August 18. In recent years I have had cervical spinal fusion which helped greatly and lumbar spinal fusion which helped a lot till I got the si pain
    .....Una
  • Hi,

    I am looking at SI joint surgery in the future (both). I am assuming you had your left side done. Will you be having your right side done also?? I am fused L1-S1. How many levels are you fused? I am interested to hear how your recovery is going.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • So far I never have had pain on the right side so I don't anticipate having any more surgery. I am halfway through the recovery and I have to say I certainly notice a difference in my groin and leg area. I don't have any pain. It is difficult to say much about the buttocks area since it is still tender from the surgery.

    With the lumbar surgery, it was L4 - L5 along with a pinched nerve. That certainly relieved the pain for a while then I started with the sacroiliac pain which I have had for over two years. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed..........Una
  • There is a newer procedure out there for SI joint fusion that was approved by the FDA about 8 months ago. They remove the cartilage and replace it with bone and then the screws are placed. This procedure allows the patient to walk out of the hospital, weight bearing on the side that was fused. I will be having this procedure in the future after an SI joint injection next week. My surgeon wants to be sure that I am getting sufficient relief with the injections, as it is the best indicator that they have as to the success of the fusion, because once it is done, you can't reverse it.

    It would suggest you talk to you surgeon about the newer procedure and investigate a little more before you go through a surgical procedure with a recovery that is more painful and complicated than it needs to be. I wish you the best of luck with whatever procedure you decide to go forward with and I hope your recovery is speedy and minimally painful.

    Valerie
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