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SI Joint Fusion

SI Joint Fusion is a surgical procedure designed to alleviate pain originating from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. The SI joint, located at the base of the spine, connects the sacrum (the triangular bone at the bottom of the spine) to the pelvis. When this joint becomes inflamed or unstable, it can cause significant lower back and leg pain, impacting daily activities and quality of life.

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What is SI Joint Fusion?

SI Joint Fusion is a minimally invasive surgery aimed at stabilizing the sacroiliac joint by fusing it with medical-grade implants. This procedure reduces or eliminates the abnormal motion of the SI joint, thereby relieving pain and improving function.

Why is SI Joint Fusion Performed?

  • SI Joint Fusion is typically recommended for patients who have not found relief from non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy, medications, and injections. Conditions that may benefit from SI Joint Fusion include:

    • Sacroiliitis: Inflammation of the SI joint.
    • SI Joint Dysfunction: Abnormal movement or misalignment of the SI joint.
    • Degenerative Sacroiliitis: Wear and tear of the SI joint due to age or arthritis.
    • Post-Traumatic Injury: SI joint damage resulting from an accident or fall

Surgical Techniques Used

  • The Procedure

    The SI Joint Fusion procedure involves the following steps:

    1. Anesthesia: The patient is given anesthesia to ensure comfort throughout the procedure.
    2. Incision: A small incision is made near the buttock area.
    3. Guidance: Using fluoroscopic (X-ray) guidance, the surgeon precisely locates the SI joint.
    4. Implants: Specially designed implants are inserted into the SI joint to promote fusion. These implants help stabilize the joint and encourage bone growth.
    5. Closure: The incision is closed with sutures or surgical staples.

Benefits of SI Joint Fusion

  • Pain Relief: Significant reduction in pain originating from the SI joint.
  • Improved Mobility: Enhanced ability to perform daily activities without pain.
  • Minimally Invasive: Smaller incisions lead to quicker recovery times and less post-operative pain compared to traditional open surgeries.
  • High Success Rate: Many patients experience long-term relief and improved quality of life after the procedure.

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