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Ifuse surgery

schoolgirl39sschoolgirl39 Posts: 7
edited 06/27/2012 - 2:42 PM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
Anyone had the newer Ifuse method surgery done? Have suffered with lower back pain for years, scoliosis, arthritis, degeneration in lower lumbar, disc degeneration in neck. Have managed pain and avoided surgery that is needed in neck with physical therapy for past ten years, pain is nothing to SI joint pain. Past six months began having severe lower lumbar and upper buttock pain. Progressed rapidly and to extreme severity within one month time. Pain so severe unable to walk, sit or stand along with neurological symptoms, vision changes, muffled hearing, tremors,weight loss and pain to touch of whole back, Was put on Norco, Flexeril, valuim, Fentany patch, Aleve, and lidoderm patches, and was still in excruciating pain, only to be told over and over "we dont see anything that could be causing this" Took 3 months going from Dr. to Dr. to finally get a diagnosis of SI joint disfunction! The orthopedic Dr. who finally said he thought it was the SI joint said he could not help me but said to have pain management dr. do injections (which she reluctantly did saying she did not think that was what it was and hoped it would just go away), ortho dr. acted like it was a secret and did not want his staff or partners to know he had revealed this info to me, what a disgrace. My PT was the only other health professional that pointed to the SI joint, stating I was rotated, manipulations helped but exercises seemed to aggravate more pain. Changed pain management dr after that, found a great one who is compassionate, understanding, and willing to do what it takes to control my pain, she had a plan as soon as she reviewed my radiology and examined me. Have had 3 injections in SI joint, 1 time in piriformis muscle that showed being torn on last radiology, prolotherapy once. Get a little better then have set back again and again! I am 43, petite frame, only 100lbs. Changed from general PT to orthopedic PT hoping they will be more helpful. Finally found a orthopedic Dr. in area who actually believes in SIJD and does surgery, saw him last week, right before 3rd injection was to be done. Wants to see results from injection and another try at PT before moving further. If it does not work next step is RFA/rhizotomy/burning nerves around SI joint and possibly facet joint. If that does not work then maybe surgery. Only thing I have not tried is chiropractor, which I am kinda scared of but willing before RFA or surgery! Alot on net about old method of surgery, fusion with screws, but cant find anything on patients who have had new Ifuse method done except on their website, which I am not to sure about. Am currently managing with Norco and Flexeril, wih injections but still not able to live a normal life. Had to withdraw from college with only two semesters left when this happened, now stuck with 40,000 in student loans and unable to finish or work at this time!!!! Hoping for a miracle that this round of PT and injections work!!! The medical community needs to wise up and start researching this horrible condition, no one should have to live in this excruciating pain. We can send someone to the moon, do brain surgeries, organ transplants, and so many miraculous things, but we cant fix a disfunctional joint in the body, I dont get it. Millions are spent on research that is useless and pointless, why has this condition been so overlooked? And not to mention the countless back surgeries that have been done on people that failed because it was actually the SI joint. If it comes to surgery, I really need to hear from some people who have had the new Ifuse surgery done, please help.
elise janssen
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  • I am planning to have my ifuse surgery in January. Have you had survey or gotten any information in it yet?
    Jennifer
  • MangophilMMangophil Posts: 13
    edited 10/30/2012 - 9:43 PM
    I had the ifuse procedure three weeks ago. I had suffered from si pain for 8+ years and physicAl activities were greatly reduced. I had tried everything; supplements, injections, acupuncture, deep tissue therapy, chiropractor - I think I got some improvement and learned to manage pain with limited use and NSAIDs. The only thing I didn't try was a nerve block because my doc just thought it would be too temporary to bother with and insurance wanted all kinds of tests before per-cert.

    I am a 51 year old male and came across the ifuse procedure. I did a lot of research and found dr
    EDITED in Illinois who is quite experienced with ifuse so I relied upon his expertise! And now here I am still recovering from surgery but optimistic! I'd be happy to share more about the surgery and recovery if anyone is interested.

    Post edited to remove name of medical professional and or facility. by The Spine-Health Moderator Team
    Mango
  • I had a hypermoble left si-joint. In January 2009 it went out, twisted for the first time. Besides this horrible, terrible pain directly over my left si-joint I thought I was going to fall and grabbed a hold of the kitchen counter. I found out the feeling of being crocked or standing on your own in the middle of the room but your brain was telling you that you can't stand is due to proprioceptors in your si-joint. In December 2010 I took a 5 week leave of absence with the intention to start pain management, have a si-joint injection, continue physical therapy and try to strengthen my core muscles to stabilize my pelvic bone, si-joint. I did manage to go back to work part time in May 2011 for 5 weeks after my first si-joint injection and then again for 2 days in May 2012 after my 5th injection. LOL

    My Pain - I refered to it as a Bull's Eye. It was directly over my left si-joint and extended 6 inches in all directions. In January 2012 I could stand up and move around for about 45 minutes before the pain hit a #7. It would continue to the point that you couldn't think straight and no longer stand up. For the 6 weeks pryer to the surgery I stood up for 5 minutes here and there but only managed to stand up for 20 minutes in the morning to freshin up and change my cloths, 20 minutes in the afternoon to straighten the kitchen from the night before and 20 minutes in the evening to take something out of the oven and make a salad. I was going to physical once a week just to get out of the house and stop by the grocery store to pick up lettuce, tomatoes, milk and bread.Also doing a self adjusting exercise 3 or 4 times a day and was defiantly out of line every 24 to 48 hours.

    The procedure - I was very surprised that I woke up with no SI-Joint pain what so ever and it has not returned. From what I was told and had read I thought I was going to be using crutches for at least 3 weeks. I was up and walking around on my own an hour after I got to my room. I just spent the night as a precaution and was released first thing the next morning. As far as restrictions, no bending or lifting anything over 10lbs and no twisting but that was only for 2 weeks. I've been doing just about nothing for so long that I personally have experienced a lot of muscle pain. I started physical therapy at 3 weeks post-op for muscle pain but the other 4 people who my neurosurgeon did the procedure on never complained about any aches or pains and never went to physical therapy.

    2 week post-op appointment, my restrictions were lifted - By then I was walking a mile. Could actually get my stuff ready, shave, take a shower, wash my hair, get dressed and put my clothes in the hamper. I was finally able to stand up long enough to make dinner and didn't have to just throw something in the oven. I made spaghetti for the first time in god knows how long. Could finally catch up on the laundry and straighten my house up. At 4 weeks post-op I went to Walmart for the first time in like two years, walked around for 3 hours.

    6 week post-op appointment, was released from my doctors care - I was told I could go back to work and do anything I wanted, except bungee jumping. I started back to work but that's only because of muscle pain and has nothing to do with my si-joint or the surgery. I can finally work in my garden. I'm putting my house back together, finding a place for everything and putting everything in it's place. I don't think I'm gonna power wash the house but I am gonna wash the windows and change the curtains which I haven't did since the fall on 2008.

    Feel free to ask me any questions here or email me at lady.di@comcast.net
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
  • What's all happened since your post? As far as I'm concern you have been throw enough and should be able to just have the procedure. After going back and forth to Physical Therapy for almost 2 years I said I'M DONE!!! and I'M TIRED OF THIS!!! He told me to quit work, start pain management and have a si-joint injection. After playing around with the pain management doctor for 5 months, trying different medicines and having 2 epidurals, he finally agreed to give me a si-joint injection. It worked, I went back to work for 5 weeks till it wore off and my si-joint went out again. 6 weeks later while laying on the table getting my 2nd injection I asked what was next. He said the burning of the nerve thing. I came home and did some research online. What!! That's gonna last a year if I'm lucky and I will be in the same boat I'm in now. I continued looking for a permanent solution and that's when I came across SI-BONE and the iFuse Implant System. I contacted them and got the names of a couple doctors in my area who were trained to do the procedure.
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
  • If I calculated correctly your now like 6 weeks post-op. Did you use crutches and or a walker or were you lucky enough to be up and walking on your own right after the procedure? I think you used the word optimistic. Did your incisions turn hard as a rock and bother you for a couple weeks? Did you have muscle pain in your buttocks on the other side/the good side? Did your hamstrings/your upper thigh locked up for the first 48 hours? What about the muscles all the way down your leg on the side you had the surgery? Have you seen, do you have a set of Post-op activity guidelines from SI-BONE? Have you started physical therapy, do you wanna go or is there no need for it. Thanks, Diane
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
  • Hey GBP,

    I just had my 4 week post op follow up on 11-7-2012 and all is progressing well. I am posting my account under the topic: "iFuse Surgery - Synopsis" so you might check that thread for more details of my experiences. But to try and answer a few of your questions on this thread.
    Pain from the incision itself has mostly not unnoticeable. That is, the bruising in the buttocks and bone trauma dominated my senses. The incision and all the other stuff did keep me from sleeping on my right side for 3 weeks. My dr used internal dissolving sutures so the incision is a little stiff but for the most part has remained supple.
    I did not have any muscle pain in my good side. As for hamstrings, what has happened is the bruising from the surgery moved around and has stiffened at times various parts of my leg; starting in the buttocks, the hip and certainly the hamstring all the way down to the back of my knee. The first two weeks the bruising kept me limping and made it difficult to sit. Now at 4 weeks everything is pretty free; still some slight soreness in the hamstring but nothing significant. Now I am starting to notice pain in the SI bones; I think it has always been there only the post surgery pain dominated my senses. My dr says the SI bones will occassionally throb for months as the bones continue to heal and fuse.
    As I said, I will post more on all this on the other thread; PHil aka MangoPhil
    Mango
  • edited 11/15/2012 - 5:37 PM
    I am a 40 y/o mom of 4. My SI joint was torn during the birth of my first son in 1997. I have had typical SI pain since then without relief. Living in rural wv, it has been hard to find a doctor to take the injury seriously. I had one doctor tell me that he has the same problem and he just uses an ice pack a few times a day. Another told me that I chose to have children so I could not complain. Good grief! Finally contacted IFuse and found a surgeon only 2 hours away. We are meeting next wensday to schedule surgery for December. I work at a college and need to be back at work the 1st week of February. My dr believes in non-weight bearing for 6 weeks. Any thoughts on this? I have to have the surgery, especially when doctors here refuse to prescribe pain medicine (too many addicts in his state). I am not graceful on crutches, so I hope I don't fall too much.
    Jennifer
  • OMG!!! About the doctor you saw and what he said. Read my story above if you haven't already and of course you can e-mail me with more questions. I'm very glad you finally contacted SI-BONE and found a doctor, not close but not to far away. Depending on what your job requirements are depends on if you can go back at 4 and or 6 weeks post-op. The following is from an e-mail to me directly from si-bone. "Post-operative care is up to the surgeon as they know what is best based on your medical history. Most patients stay one night in the hospital. Sometimes insurance dictates these types of decisions. General guidelines for weight bearing are 3 weeks partial weight bearing using crutches or a walker with advancing as tolerated to full weight bearing by 6 weeks. Again your surgeon will give you instructions. Many patients go to PT following this procedure for instructions on bending, twisting, lifting limitations , etc." As you can see si-bone doesn't even say non-weight bearing and definitely not for 6 weeks. On Wednesday ask your doctor how many times he's did the procedure, were all his patients non-weight bearing for the whole 6 weeks and kinda how there all were doing at 6 weeks post-op. Take care, Diane
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
  • So I met with the doctor again. He admits that he has only done a few Ifuse SI Joint Fusions, and therefore is very conservative in his treatment. But he was trained by IFuse, and he is well respected in his profession (He ADMITS that the SI Joint is painful. That says a lot!). I have to have another MRI, due to concerns that I might have a disc problem also. I was worried he might cancel the surgery, but surprisingly is willing to consider doing two procedures at once (praying its not necessary)! In a perfect world I would like to have a more experienced doctor with IFuse, but I am so very happy to have one doctor where before I had no hope. My surgery is scheduled the 3rd of January. I am ecstatic and terrified. My pain level is rarely below a 5 now, and thats on the "new" scale. (I was informed that if you are at a 6 or above you can't walk...I guess labor pain is a 5 cause I walked with every one of them LOL). The worst this is how much I have to get done to make it through the holidays and train my 3 replacements so I can take off for surgery! It will be worth it though. My biggest question is what is the post-op pain like. I can't take strong pain medicine, so I am a little worried...
    Jennifer
  • gumballprincessggumballprincess Posts: 81
    edited 11/30/2012 - 1:25 AM
    My si-joint pain was gone when I woke up after the procedure. Could I have gotten away with taking Tylenol or Motrin? Probably but I had been in horrible-terrible-miserable-I can't think straight pain for so long that I didn't even wanna feel a little ache. I continued taking the same dosage of pain medicine a couple times a day like I had been but unlike before the procedure it actually made all my little aches and little pains go away. I have several new ifuse friends that I've been talking to/emailing. One is having the procedure on Monday, December 3rd and another one is having it on December 17th. If you email me I will let you know how their procedure went, what their restrictions are and post-op pain. Diane
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
  • After a year and a month after the iFuse surgery on my left side, I am back in the same amount of pain as before and on more pain meds than ever....it sucks! Was going to try radio frequency ( Burning the surrounding nerves) but insurance won't cover it! Feel like I'm falling between the cracks! Anyone else out there in the same predicament as me? Any advice would be much appreciated!!!!! Thanks!
  • Eventually I wanna know all about your pain before the procedure and of course what has taken place since then. From what I've heard you will need a si-joint injection. Since you are screwed together and your bones are already growing together they will probably just give you the nummy stuff that only last a couple hours. If that is positive then you will need a CT scan or MRI to see exactly what is going on, what went wrong. I'm really very sorry that things didn't work out as planned and that you are in so much pain. Since I'm talking to so many people I would prefer to do that through e-mail.
    Sincerely, Diane - lady.di@comcast.net
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
  • Since my last post I had to have so injections again as the pain never completely went away and slowly got worse again. In August pain returned severely again so finally did RFA/burning of nerves from SI to lumbar area, got me through a couple of months with good relief and less meds but pain was still limiting. In November pain began to increase again and continued to get worse. Fed up and devastated went back to orthopedic surgeon and scheduled Ifuse surgery. Had surgery December 18. Surgical pain not bad, down to 1 Norco a day which is awesome! But no weight bearing for 6 weeks at which time they will X-ray to make sure fusion is taking place before any stress put on the area. For me I feel only time will tell as X-rays are done to ensure good fusion and once I begin to put weight on that side and sit more. Until then I am giving it as much time as possible to fuse well.
    elise janssen
  • I'm very glad you finally had the ifuse procedure and I hope this is the answer to your pain. You just said no weight bearing for 6 weeks. So you are confined to your bed, using crutches or what? Do you have a post-op appointment between now and your 6 week post-op appointment? As far as incision pain, muscle pain or spasms have you experienced any of that since the procedure? Not only am I looking forward to hearing detailed information about your recovery but there are several people subscribed to your post who are waiting to hear too. Take care, Diane
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
  • Here is the catch , I read just about everything under the sun and talked to many doctors about this SI joint issues and the ifuse implant along with the pereformis syndrome !
    Problem is some doctors believe in pereformis syndrome and some dont believe it being of a concern with spine symptoms,
    Often the same goes with the si joint of being the cause as symptoms can be coming from other spinal nerves,

    These doctors often cant realy confirm at 100 % even with injection which is the cause,
    8 years now with my nerve pain symptoms after l4l5 disc replacement later fused the l4l5 and nerve pain never resolved,
    I told the doctors many times stop screwing around and looking at the l4l5 as i dont believe thats my issue any more as its not the same pain i had before surgery,

    Sure injection helped injecting l5 nerve root ! But so did injecting the pereformis muscle so now what ! Si joint injection helped a litle also, All injections helped for a short time so how could they posibly know what is realy the direct cause of the pain when they cant see it on any image of ct or mri,

    So now that its clear no injection test is a 100 % when either the roids or other medication is injected near the area of the spine usualy will giive some releif in the lower spine and still nobody knows 100 % if its the si joint or periformis or other spine related issue,

    Now i can assume maybe its my si joint left side and go with a ifuse ! But if its not that and its another issue i already know i will add to my pain as its a no brainer will cause more pressure on the spine,

    This has to be a great concern to many people as myself who cant afford another mistake being made causing more pain to an already bad situation,

    When all the doctors cant even agree on some of these conditions of being the cause Huston we have a problem !
    The Eagle has not landed,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Had first followup appointment at 3 weeks this past monday. They did xrays and dr. says all is looking good. Will see him again in four weeks and they will get me started on physical therapy. To answer gumballprincess questions, yes I am on crutches to get around, luckily I have had family to stay with me and help out. Surgical pain of muscles, tissue, and incision has continued to improve and getting around better. Showering is made easier with a chair with handles. I have to say I experienced much more pain every time I had injections done for up to a week than what I have had after surgery. Pain in the SI spot is definetely not there. Dr. said when I start PT I will begin weight bearing slowly. I am hopeful that things will continue to improve as each week goes by. But as I said before only time will tell. Oh and sitting has been been better also, no SI pain with sitting either.
    elise janssen
  • I am glad to hear of all the mostly successful IFuse fusions. I am having mine soon but the doctor wanted me to have a cortisone injection to get me thru my busy time at work. It was very successful (done under flouroscope) and has lasted 4 weeks. I have never gone longer than 3 weeks pain free with my cortisone injections so I am thrilled. My pain before was about 120 on a scale of 1-10. Now I can function. I hope it will continue for a few more weeks. I would like to make it to april 2 for my surgery but as soon as the cortisone stops working I will probably have to have surgery.

    I live alone with 4 cats so it won't be easy but my sister is coming for the first week. I do have lots of friends to help too but everyone works. I build bone really well (fused L1-S1 so lots of experience there) so am hoping for a short recovery time.

    jani
    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.
  • edited 01/12/2013 - 9:57 PM
    I had right side ifusejoint fixation and fusion on January 3. I am happy to say that I am very pleased with my recovery so far. I also had my galbladder out in October, and I have to say that the gallbladder was much much worse. Thee fusion surgery had a few really rough spots the first 8 hours or so. After 24 hours, the pain started to ease up. Ice packs were a big help. I am having some weird leg pain now, but even that isn't so bad. Yes the pain really sucked, but when compared to the pain I had going in to the surgery it was not as bad as I feared. When I think about the long recovery and having to use a walker and wheelchair for the next 6-12 weeks I just remind myself the huge potentiial of having more stability the rest of my life. I just wanted to let anyone know that it was not horrible. So if you are considering it, try not to let the fear of back surgery stop uiu!
    Jennifer
  • How are you doing? Now that it has been nearly two months are you doing better? I personally had my surgery Usn 13 but it was the regular way and both side were done together. At this point I still cannot walk w/o a walker. Most people that I've spoken with were doing better. I'm still bedbound for the most part. I truly hope you are doing better than I. Please let us know how you are doing.
    CCleer39
  • lastnervellastnerve Posts: 68
    edited 07/12/2013 - 10:17 AM
    July 30th. I found a Dr. In Central Cali Valley at a hospital in my town.

    Seems like I flare every day. One minute I can't wait and then the next I want to postphone.

    The hardest part is going to have no wt bearing for 6 weeks. I am as weak as an amoeba and am working on upper body. Preparation seems to help anxiety.
  • It's gonna be okay. Are you having one side done or both? The 6 weeks will go by before you know it. It's a good thing that you are working on your upper body. That will help you with crutches and or a walker. SI-BONE made a set of Post-Op Activity Guidelines which start the day of the procedure by suggesting ice for the incision area and simple exercises to do not only for circulation but they address ever muscle that's involved in the procedure. In my opinion the people who are doing them ahead of time are having less issues with muscles after the procedure. I have that in PDF format if you would like it. It's also on Facebook at Si Joint Disfunction. (A new little group) My short story and e-mail address are above at post #4. *HUGS* Diane
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
  • lastnervellastnerve Posts: 68
    edited 07/14/2013 - 9:14 AM
    I have seen the IFuse paperwork and need to look at it again and print it out. I am only having the Rt side done as it is far worse. I cant imagine no wt bearing for both legs. How the heck do you get into the shower etc.

    I am also going to write out index cards for my family caretakers who are going to hang out at hosp for me. Sometime I may need a spokesperson when I am under the influance and the Mr seems to forget important things. They are going to have things like,
    private room if possible please.
    please have ice applied and refreshed during recovery.
    more to come any ideas? I am going to pack snack bags and things to help them pass the time.

    When I had my lower back fusion I had Dilodid in my pain pump. I was alone and halucinated that the hosp was being taken over. The Helocopter was going and coming quite alot.... so it fed my fears. It was awful. This time Im having someone be with me and no Dilodid. Please.

    Oh and....nI am Cheryl Fisher Carnett on Fb SIJD page. I occasionally post there.
  • gumballprincessggumballprincess Posts: 81
    edited 07/16/2013 - 9:12 AM
    There are people who have bilateral and I'm sure they shower or at least I hope they do. LOL Do you own a shower stool? My bathroom is tiny and the way it's set up there was no way I could get into the shower/tub with a stool in there. So I removed the shower doors and put up a temporary curtain rod and shower curtain. I'm assuming you are not allergic to adhesive, bandages and or tape. I get welts so I always tell them in Pre-Op to use Paper Tape and remove the EKG leads ASAP. A long story short and no need to explain. I wish I would of took my own "Generic Colace" with me. Other then that I think you got everything covered.

    I don't know where online I originally found this at and think it was for a Traditional SI-Joint Fusion but I saved it and have been sharing it with my new friends. As you can see I added some comments in parentheses.

    Recommendations for Post-Op SI Fusion Surgery.

    1. No driving or car riding for more than one hour.
    2. No sitting for longer than one hour. ( I could sit for like 2 hours on my donut if I propped my feet up)
    3. No standing or walking for longer than 30 minutes. (Remember - At a normal pace you can walk 1/4 mile in 6 minutes.)
    4. Avoid bending and twisting at waist. (The little lean over and turn was a OUCH!!! at the si-joint which I avoided till 7 weeks post-op)
    5. Sleep with a pillow between knees. (If you lay on your back put a pillow just a little under you bad side.)
    6. Sit straight with a pillow to small of back. (I never did that but maybe I should of)
    7. No lifting anything over 10 lbs. (A gallon of milk weighs approximately 8.5 lbs.)
    8. You may drive in approximately one week. ( I drive myself to my two week post-op appointment)
    9. Avoid stair climbing. If you do stair climb, lead with the strong leg and take one step at a time.
    10. No single leg standing. (Operative leg)
    11. No exercise for three weeks. (Other then the Post-Op Activity Guidelines from SI-BONE)

    Please be aware that these are GENERAL list of restrictions. Note: After you begin walking if you experience buttocks pain, it could represent an irritation of the piriformis muscle. (A new pain at the bottom of your sacrum that runs down the back of your thigh) Decrease walking to a minimum.

    Lifetime Activity Restrictions

    1. No bungee jumping.
    2. No parachute jumping.
    3. No rock climbing.
    4. No step aerobics.
    5. No stair master.
    6. No chiropractic manipulation of the lumbar spine.
    7. No heavy lifting – more than 75 lbs.

    Take care and talk to you later,
    *HUGS* Diane
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
  • Youve been very comforting to me and I am sure many others. Bless your helping heart!
  • Your welcome :-) Thank you :-) That was very sweet :-)
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
  • gumballprincess said:
    There are people who have bilateral and I'm sure they shower or at least I hope they do. LOL Do you own a shower stool? My bathroom is tiny and the way it's set up there was no way I could get into the shower/tub with a stool in there. So I removed the shower doors and put up a temporary curtain rod and shower curtain. I'm assuming you are not allergic to adhesive, bandages and or tape. I get welts so I always tell them in Pre-Op to use Paper Tape and remove the EKG leads ASAP. A long story short and no need to explain. I wish I would of took my own "Generic Colace" with me. Other then that I think you got everything covered.

    I don't know where online I originally found this at and think it was for a Traditional SI-Joint Fusion but I saved it and have been sharing it with my new friends. As you can see I added some comments in parentheses.

    Recommendations for Post-Op SI Fusion Surgery.

    1. No driving or car riding for more than one hour.
    2. No sitting for longer than one hour. ( I could sit for like 2 hours on my donut if I propped my feet up)
    3. No standing or walking for longer than 30 minutes. (Remember - At a normal pace you can walk 1/4 mile in 6 minutes.)
    4. Avoid bending and twisting at waist. (The little lean over and turn was a OUCH!!! at the si-joint which I avoided till 7 weeks post-op)
    5. Sleep with a pillow between knees. (If you lay on your back put a pillow just a little under you bad side.)
    6. Sit straight with a pillow to small of back. (I never did that but maybe I should of)
    7. No lifting anything over 10 lbs. (A gallon of milk weighs approximately 8.5 lbs.)
    8. You may drive in approximately one week. ( I drive myself to my two week post-op appointment)
    9. Avoid stair climbing. If you do stair climb, lead with the strong leg and take one step at a time.
    10. No single leg standing. (Operative leg)
    11. No exercise for three weeks. (Other then the Post-Op Activity Guidelines from SI-BONE)

    Please be aware that these are GENERAL list of restrictions. Note: After you begin walking if you experience buttocks pain, it could represent an irritation of the piriformis muscle. (A new pain at the bottom of your sacrum that runs down the back of your thigh) Decrease walking to a minimum.

    Lifetime Activity Restrictions

    1. No bungee jumping.
    2. No parachute jumping.
    3. No rock climbing.
    4. No step aerobics.
    5. No stair master.
    6. No chiropractic manipulation of the lumbar spine.
    7. No heavy lifting – more than 75 lbs.

    Take care and talk to you later,
    *HUGS* Diane
    Hi Diane...who gave you those restrictions? I have had Bi-Lateral SI fusion by iFuse. I got an infection in one side and only partial bone growth on both sides. I am on 8 months and 6 months post op. My doc is planning on adding a fourth rod each side and using some of my own bone to put into SI joints and rods. My situation is from being rear ended in a car wreck. I was curled up and looking way left when we got it hit, only like 12-15mph. I was surprised that slow impact could tear those ligaments and tendons. I have a very active sporting life and when I'm recovered by next summer, I am told I can play softball and ice hockey again, so I was curious who mentioned those restrictions. Thanks...-rob
    -Ti man

    C5-C6 Fused, Syrinx from C4-C7, Bilateral SI joints are fused from car accident using iFuse by SI Bone
  • Those are "Recommendations for Post-Op SI Fusion Surgery" which would be a Traditional Si-Joint Fusion and or a SI-Joint Fixation not the SI-BONE iFuse Implant System. From what I've heard from numerous iFuse patients/friends Life Time Restrictions are up to the individual doctor just like Post-Op Restrictions. I personally don't have any Life Time Restrictions. My doctor said that I could do what ever I felt comfortable doing. Are you having pain, issues for your doctor to even think about another surgery?
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
  • titanium-manttitanium-man Posts: 12
    edited 11/25/2013 - 2:58 PM
    I was doing pretty well and then started going backwards. I am not as bad off as pre-surgery, but I'd say we're getting close. I met with the neurosurgeon a week ago for a follow up and he knew I was having issues. He ordered up the diagnostic injections and if that is positive, I'll have a CT. The x-rays I had showed little to no bone growth. I should have the diagnostic injections by the end of this week or fist of the following. Thanks, -rob
    -Ti man

    C5-C6 Fused, Syrinx from C4-C7, Bilateral SI joints are fused from car accident using iFuse by SI Bone
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,742
    stated by members here should NOT be taken as the final medical word. Always discuss items like this with your doctor. Every situation is different and every person is different. What works for one person, may be potentially harmful to another.

    So what gumballprincess posted was an attempt to provide good information, please do not follow that information.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • blindsciencebblindscience Posts: 4
    edited 11/27/2013 - 6:31 AM
    Would like to hear some brief updates from people that had the ifuse on one or both side.
    1. How has activity level changed since the procedure? What times of things can you do?
    2. Would you recommend the procedure to someone else?
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