SI joint fusion surgery is accomplished using the iFuse Implant System. This system is designed to stabilize and fuse the SI joint, reducing or eliminating discomfort for patients. The SI joint links the iliac bones of the pelvis to the sacrum, which is the lowest part of the spine above the tailbone.
“More or less, this area serves as a shock absorber to prevent impact forces during walking from reaching the spine and creating pain,” says Dr. McBride. “Like any other joint in the body, the SI joint can become damaged; and what we’ve found is the iFuse procedure can really help patients get back to enjoying their life once they’re healed.”
Prior to surgery, Gail was very active walking, shopping and theme park hopping. But the pain became so consistently unbearable she was barely able to get out of bed or in and out of her car.
“I was in horrible pain before surgery,” she says. “I was even feeling somewhat depressed because I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do.”
But Gale’s not alone. Recent research has suggested the SI joint is a pain generator in up to 25 percent of low back pain cases and up to 43 percent of post-lumbar and lumbosacral fusion patients