I am currently considering sacroiliac fusion surgery and was wondering if anyone had any experience with this...
To give you some background, I suffered a major trauma and fractured multiple vertebrae and my sacrum several years ago. While the fractures are healed, I continue to have severe pain in the area of my SI joint and lower lumbar spine. I have one hypermobile SI joint and the other gets stuck and shows signs of articular wear on X-ray. I've tried pretty much every type of conservative treatment there is- PT, chiropractics, injections. I get very temporary relief with mobilization of the joint, but it never lasts for more than a day. I am starting to think that I might have severely stretched or ruptured some of the sacroiliac ligaments due to the trauma because it feels like no matter how much strengthening I do I can't seem to "hold" the SI joint in alignment.
I am working with a pain management doctor and at this point he doesn't know what to do for me since I have not been able to get any lasting pain relief with conservative measures. I am only in my mid-twenties so the idea of sacroiliac surgery is scary because I know it is absolutely considered a "last resort." I haven't met with a surgeon to discuss my options, but since I've hit a dead end with my pain management doctor I'm feeling desperate to try to figure out what my options are to get this under control because it has been going on for so long. I feel a little frustrated because my issues are the result of a major trauma, and I feel like a lot of the doctors that have seen me are unsure of what to do since they are more accustomed to treating wear-and-tear type issues rather than a major injury.
Has anyone had any type of sacroiliac surgery, or considered it?? I'd appreciate any information anyone can share. Thanks!