I posted here several times before telling of the process of my getting from point A to point B. As I'm sure you all know, when you first start having back problems, they're not quickly resolved (far from it). So after various types of injections in my L5-S1 and my sacroiliac joint, we're now certain that my pain generator is my si joint. After my second positive injection, my ortho leaned over me and said, "Now I know what I needed to know. I can do the fusion." I'm glad that he wanted to be absolutely sure that that is the problem; otherwise, I'd go into the surgery wondering. He said that he's done a handful of this type of surgery, so at least I'm not his first one, although I realize that someone has to be. He told me that the surgeries he's done have all been successes, and he thinks that a big reason why some (in general) aren't is that the people being operated on don't have an si problem. It's kind of hard to have a successful surgery if you're being operated on for one thing but your pain generator is another.
I am having my surgery done on March 11. My orthopedic surgeon's office coordinated with other offices to set up appointments that I'll be needing. This week I have to go in to my physician's office for an EKG and lab work. Next week I have to go back to that same office for a physical. The ortho's office still has to set up an appointment for me with the pre-admission's people at the hospital, which will probably be either on March 1 or 6.
I'm so looking forward to being out of this miserable pain! Now I just have to map out how I'm going to do things and get from one place to another in the house. We live in a two-story house, so attempting the steps would be a very difficult task after surgery, so I'm going to be sleeping downstairs and go to a local gym to take a shower. I've never been on crutches before or used a walker, so this will be a new experience for me.
True, I'd rather not have titanium rods sticking in my body, but at this point, I don't see that I have a choice. I'm just glad that there is this method of fusing the si joint. I can't imagine how people years ago put up with this pain the rest of their lives. It makes me really happy to think that I'll be able to do things again. Because of my pain I've been limited to washing the dishes and doing a few other little jobs every day, but I'm only a fraction of the person who I used to be. I want to get my life back again and if having my si joint fused using the iFuse method will do that for me, then I'm all for it.
Had SI-Joint Fusion done using iFuse on March 11, 2013