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SI Joint Fusion

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What is SI Joint Fusion?

The Sacroiliac Joint, located at the base of the spine where the sacrum and ilium bones meet, can be a source of debilitating pain when it becomes dysfunctional due to injury, inflammation, or wear and tear. SI joint fusion is a surgical procedure designed to stabilize and fuse the SI joint, relieving pain and improving function.

What Can SI Joint Fusion Treat?

SI joint fusion is recommended for patients experiencing chronic pain originating from the SI joint, commonly due to conditions such as:

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: Characterized by pain and discomfort in the lower back, buttocks, or legs caused by abnormal movement or inflammation in the SI joint.

Degenerative Sacroiliitis: Occurs when the cartilage in the SI joint breaks down, causing pain and reduced mobility.

SI Joint Instability: Results from ligament laxity or injury, leading to abnormal movement and pain in the SI joint.

Spinal Fusion: There are many possible causes of chronic low back pain after lumbar fusion, SI joint is a potential cause especially with fusion at L5/S1.

If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions or suspect they may be the cause of your discomfort, SI joint fusion could be a viable option for you.

How is SI Joint Fusion Administered?

SI joint fusion is typically performed as a minimally invasive procedure. During the surgery, the surgeon will stabilize the SI joint by using specialized implants and bone grafts. This helps the joint to fuse over time, reducing pain and providing enhanced stability.

Minimally invasive techniques result in smaller incisions, less blood loss, reduced scarring, and faster recovery compared to traditional open surgery.

What are the Risks?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with SI joint fusion. Potential risks and complications may include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. However, it’s essential to recognize that serious complications are exceedingly rare, and Dr Rubin will take all necessary precautions to minimize these risks.

Before proceeding with any surgical intervention, Dr. Edward Rubin, as a Pain Management Specialist, will thoroughly evaluate your condition, medical history, and discuss the potential risks and benefits to ensure that SI joint fusion is the most suitable treatment for you.