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SI Joint Fusion



  • Five months after Bi-lateral SI joint fusion, I have not recovered at all. Now, I have to have another surgery in August to redo it and to also redo my lumbar.
  • Who did your Bi-Lateral SI-Joint Fusion? When was your Lumbar Fusion? What all have they tried and did over the past 5 months? Are you seeing another doctor? Did you have a second opinion? *HUGS* Diane

    P.S. I told Margo what you said and she is very concern about you. You should give her a call or at least e-mail her.
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
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  • AmberWebberAAmberWebber Posts: 1
    edited 09/05/2013 - 5:56 PM
    I was diagnosed with DDD about 5 years ago and have since had my L3,4, 5 and sacrum fused. My thoracic 4,5,6,7 are degenerative, but Dr. will not touch. I had spinal stenosis in lumbar and recovery took FOREVER!!!

    I now have Neuropathy and drop foot in my left foot. I am heading out the door in 6 hours for SI Fusion on the right side. I did try the 2 blocks prior and they worked, so here we go again. My husband is fantastic and is always by my side, but I am concerned about recovery since it took forever for the last one. I have been told 6 weeks none weight bearing at this point. I know I will have a bone graft again and that was painful after.

    What can I do at home to help with pain and discomfort?
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  • wow!!! about your previous fusions and your thoracic. you mentioned bone graft so i'm assuming you are having a traditional si-joint fusion. can i ask where you are located? i hope and wish everything goes well for you which i'm sure it will. i had the ifuse procedure on august 6, 2012. the undescribable absolutely horribly positively miserable terrible pain from my waist down to the point that i couldn't think straight was gone the moment i woke up after the procedure and has never returned. the following is a link to my story - https://www.spine-health.com/comment/281420#comment-281420 which includes my e-mail address. take care, diane
    I had the SI-BONE ifuse implant procedure on August 6th 2012.
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  • Sorry, I have not been on for awhile. I had a 3 level laminectomy and a 4 level cervical fusion with severe spinal cord compression in Sep 2013. I still have moderate to severe low back pain. As I said previously, the Dr's are considering a bilateral SI joint fusion and now want to try the spinal cord stimulator. I am so freaking tired of pain , operations and physician rhetoric. When does it end?
    Stephen R Schmelz
  • i'm sorry for the ongoing pain you are having......i am including some information for you regarding spinal cord stimulation and we do have a forum where you can read and talk to others who have it.
    the one thing that i would caution you on, is if you do decide to undergo the trial for the scs , make sure that you are getting at least 50% relief in your regular pain levels. that is the standard set by the manufacturer's. if not, the trial is not considered successful and the manufacturer's don't recommend going ahead with the permanent implant.

    scs links


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