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Ifuse SI joint Surgery

rsteele68rrsteele68 Posts: 1
edited 10/31/2013 - 3:03 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey everyone. My Dr. says that I need to have the ifuse SI joint surgery done to relieve my sciatica pain down both legs. I have already had two (2) back surgeries this yr and am not looking forward to another procedure. How long is the recovery time? Are you completely non-weight bearing? Has anyone had both sides done at the same time? Any information is greatly appreciated.. Thanks so much..


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I have had IFuse on both sides but only one at a time because of the partial weight bearing. I had the surgeries almost 6 months apart. The surgery is amazing because you are pain free the minute you wake up from surgery. The joint causing the pain can't move so there is no pain. I had 2 epidurals before I chose surgery to make sure it was the SI. If you get relief from 2 that is considered the gold standard for SI joint fusion.

    I had a walker to start with and then went to a cane. I had some complications with the first surgery (nothing connected to the IFuse procedure) and my recovery was a bit longer (6 weeks but I was weight bearing at 4). The 2nd surgery went perfectly and I was weight bearing at about 2 weeks (didn't tell my surgeon that!!). I have incredibly strong bones according to him.

    I have had many spinal fusions and am fused from L1 to S1. Surgeries are no fun. I am hoping the IFuse is my last procedure.

    Good luck and let us know how you are doing.

    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.
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