Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusion
YOUR PAIN MAY BE FROM THE SI JOINT
What is the Sacroiliac (SI) Joint?
The sacroiliac (SI Joint) can be found in the pelvis, right between the ilium and sacrum. It is also the lowest part of the spine and sits right above the tailbone. This joint is very important because it transfers energy from the upper part of the body to the lower part and is an essential component for shock absorption during activities such as walking.
15-30% of patients with chronic low back pain may have pain arising from the sacroiliac (SI) joint.
Yet, most physicians are not trained to consider the SI joint when evaluating
lower back pain. If you are experiencing lower back pain, it may be coming from your SI joint.
What are the symptoms of an SI Joint Dysfunction?
SI joint symptoms may present as pain, or feelings of numbness, weakness or tingling in the lower back, buttock and/or legs. Symptoms may be similar to those from other spine conditions such as a herniated disc or a compressed nerve root.
Some symptoms of SI Joint dysfunction may include the following:
- Pain in a specific region of your lower back
- Pain when sitting down
- Difficulty when sleeping
How is an SI Joint fusion performed?
The SI joint fusion and iFuse Implant System Is intended for use during a minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion. The actual procedure itself is performed in an operating room, with either general or spinal anesthesia. The iFuse Implant System requires a small incision (about one to two inches long), along the side of the buttock. The whole MIS SI joint procedure takes about an hour, and recovery time is significantly less than open surgery.
What are the benefits of an SI Joint fusion procedure?
Benefits of SI Joint fusions include:
- Minimal down time
- Small incisions
- No hospital stay
- Regain quality of life
You do not have to live with pain
Whether it is sciatica, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or any other spine condition that is causing you pain, we have the answers to your problems. Our physicians are trained to diagnose, manage, and treat a wide range of spinal conditions.
Our focus has been and will continue to be providing individualized care designed to address your personal needs. It is never acceptable to live with pain. Pain robs your life of joy and robs your life of meaning. Nothing is more important at Physician Partners of America than helping you get back to a pain-free life.