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Facing an SI joint fusion and have questions

cjnelsenccjnelsen Posts: 2
edited 01/03/2016 - 9:24 PM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
I have had back issues since I was dropped on my backside after my daughter was born (still under the epidural) back in 2006. I had a fusion of L4-S1 December 2014. I felt amazing for 6 months, and it felt like it all came right back. There is no issue with my fusion itself, however the stress that it is causing on the rest of my body is absolutely killing me. I have had 2 rounds of injections and finally a rhizotomy in October, but it has apparently not taken. I am now faced with an SI joint fusion. I have some questions for anyone who has been there, done that.

1. My surgeon seems to think that the recovery from this is way easier as in only sore for a couple weeks. Is that even possible?

2. Did you use an orthopedic doctor or a spinal neurosurgeon (or any other kind of surgeon)?

3. How soon were you able to return to work (desk job) if at all?

4. Would you do it again if you could go back and do it all over?

I am also having grinding in my hip on the same side and he seems to think this will solve both of my issues. I have already quit my retail job and gotten one where I would be sitting but with hourly breaks so not long periods of sitting. I have living like this and feel that I need to do something about it. I am only 32 years old with 4 precious children that I am not able to play with. I don't want to have another surgery, but both my neuro and my pain management agree that it needs to happen or I will also need a hip replacement soon.


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  • Hello
    I am in the same predicament that you are in. I am fused from S1 to L3 and my si joints have broken down. I am scheduled to have the ifuse si joint surgery in early March. The ifuse surgery is a minimally invasive surgery, it only takes about an hour and most people use crutches and a walker for about two weeks after the surgery and then all is OK. You will probably be sent home the same day as the surgery. You need to find a Doctor who specializes in this type of surgery most of these doctors are orthopedic doctors. Go to Google and search ifuse or SI-Bone then contact SI-BONE and they will find you the nearest doctor that does this surgery. This surgery is just now starting to be paid for by insurance again so there will be many doctors looking for candidates to help.

    Good luck and don’t be afraid of this surgery as it is 100 times easier to go through than a spine fusion.
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