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  • Hi,

    I just wanted to put out there that I too have had my SI joint fused. I'm only 7 weeks into the recovery, but so far the results are good. I've got a lot of muscle spasm and fatigue, but the deep pain I was having is gone and I am off narcotic pain meds for the first time in quite awhile. It's still too early to know what the final outcome will be, but so far things are looking extremely optimistic.

    I post this just to say that this is a viable, though controversial procedure and it is worth the effort to look into it if you suffer with SI joint problems that have not responded to conservative treatments. My surgeon said it best when he said, "it's the only thing you've got left" because I had literally tried all methods of conservative treatment.

    For those considering it, I recommend visiting some websites of surgeons that do the procedure so you can get a realistic picture of what the surgery entails. There aren't a whole lot of surgeons, but they are out there. Also, what made me decide to go ahead and do it was pulling all the peer-reviewed research papers on the surgery. The results were quite encouraging, and I also learned about all the different techniques and hardware used and was able to make an informed decision about what surgeon I wanted and what type of grafting/hardware had the highest success rate for fusion.

    It's a tough decision since the surgery is controversial, and you will have doctors telling you not to do it (and others that will tell you to do it), but it is definitely an option that should be considered if you suffer with intractable SI joint pain.
  • Hi Cheryl,

    I truly hope you see this!

    Im from Toronto Ontario and have been searching for an Ortho surgeon in Canada (never mind Ontario) and have not been able to find one. Even my pain specialist from St. Michael's has not been able to find one. Im now searching for a really good one in the U.S. Can you tell me the name of your surgeon?? You can email me privately if you want.

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  • Hi LaLa, as I commented to Cheryl Im looking for a good surgeon - anywhere. I have looked at the IFuse System recently and the docs associated with it. Can you tell me what system you chose and if not your surgeon's name than where thier from - even that would help. After 13 yrs of dealing with increasing pain from SI joint issue on one side and secondary left sided issues both back and front Im scared but desperate. At only 43 I want and need my life back.

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