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si joint fusion surgery

becky fbbecky f Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
Hi, I will be having sijoint fusion surgery next month, am very interested in hearing how bad the recovery is. this is my first time on this site hope I am doing it right ,from becky f


  • Hi becky f,

    Is your S1 being fused to L5 ? Are they using pedical screws with rods to stabalise the area.

    The recovery for me so far,post op 7 weeks ago L5/S1 decompression for spondylolisthesis with fusion removal of bone around nerves to decompress them.posterior approach.I still have some muscle spasms down leg although a slight improvement than before op.

    Surgery I Didn't know a thing about it other than getting ready then waking up on the ward.

    !st few days unable to move without some pain, ok when laying still,Physio's want's you up next day regardless. Ouch! but bearable.

    Morphine caused sickness and constipation also lowers blood pressure (worst bit overall for me),DO not have more than you need.depends how brave you are,some patients had very little with strong anti inflamatorie's with their normal medication.I refused morphine after a few days.I believe most people are put on laxatives due to constipation,,,,not nice when I got home would rather forget that bit.(Thanks Morphine)NOT.

    Gets better each day quicker than I thought it would be with relief from constant back pain,although you will have surgery pain,(to be expected).

    6 days in hospital could have been out quicker if I was not so sick.

    10 days after surgery staples removed by nurse,You wont notice this being done.

    Starting to walk again when released from hospital getting better each day,I would say 2 weeks before walking outside on my own very slowly.

    2 weeks to get over general anesthetic before driving.you won't want to drive anyway.

    4 weeks much more comfortable walking

    Very important is to have someone help you get around your home,getting dressed can be very difficult,also I use a recliner it has been brilliant I did not like sitting upright for long so the recliner enabled me to rest without having to go lie down on the bed..

    Good Luck


  • I had a si joint fusion. The recovery was moderately uncomfortable. The first 24hrs wasn't bad...but the 2 weeks after that were rough. Ice packs were my best friend. The other post isn't referring to the si...but rather spinal procedures with lumbar at the sacrum.
    It's been almost 3 years, and I have reduced pain levels, unless I try to do alot of activity. It's manageable with lighter pain meds, where before I was ready to take myself off the planet due to pain.

    Wishing you good luck and great results and healing.

  • Hi becky f ,sorry I thought Si fusion was the same as S1 fusion to L5,obviously not but similar recovery I expect.

    good luck with your surgery next month

    All the best Des
  • Do you know what type of SI fusion you are having? It makes a big difference because sometimes you cannot put any weight on the joint for a period of many weeks.

    In this regard recovery is nothing like a lumbar spine fusion.

    Are you having just one side done?
  • I am having only one side done, or I am thinking about having it done. I am waiting for the specialist to see if he will take my case; because I am so young and I am so bad. I use to be able to at least get around, but now I can't get up, I have a nurse that comes to help me because I don't "stay in" anymore, even on the table, oh and it stopped clicking it just slides around. I am totally disconnected from the front and back. My whole pelvic girdle is pulling apart if I put weight on it. Then he will have to convince me. My doc says i need it now for quality of life. I would really like to know how you did, and what you think?
  • scott MITCHELLsscott MITCHELL Posts: 2
    edited 08/09/2015 - 10:48 AM
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  • addie0830aaddie0830 Posts: 1
    edited 09/25/2015 - 9:35 AM
    I am supposed to have SI fusion on my left side, however, having issues with the company who sends Drs order to insurance company to approve it. Was wondering what the recovery time is for this type of surgery as I will be going on vacation beginning of December and the closer it gets, the more concerned I am that I wont be recovered by then. Can you please tell me how your recoveries went? Thanks so much!

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  • Well I just saw my doctor this morning and he agreed it's time for surgery. I have SI degeneration, Psoriatic arthritis, and associated conditions with those two. He does the open surgery. "Maximally invasive" were his words. Has anyone had this? What was your outcome? How far post op are you?
    Any info about personal experiences would be helpful!
    Thanks guys,

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