Is SI joint fusion surgery painful?

In our clinic we routinely see patients who have had one, two or even three spinal fusions but develop or continue to have SI joint pain.” Research has established that the SI joint is the source of pain in nearly half of patients who experience new or continued low back pain after fusion surgery. Dr.

What is the recovery time for SI joint fusion?

Recovery from a SI joint fusion generally takes 12 weeks, but patients continue to heal for up to a year after surgery. This is because the bones have to fuse together which takes around 3 months. Every patient is different.

How do you sleep after SI joint fusion?

Many patients report obtaining good sleep with lying on their side with a pillow between their knees. A small pillow can also be placed under the side of the abdomen which will help align the spine and pelvis correctly. Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended as it puts too much stress on the back.

Where is the incision for SI joint fusion?

The most common method of sacroiliac joint fusion is a minimally-invasive procedure, performed through a small incision in the buttock. Open sacroiliac joint fusion is rarely used due to extensive healing processes and higher complication rates.

How successful are SI joint fusions?

High Success Rate From SI Joint Fusion The iFuse device successfully reduced pain in 77% to 85% of people and improved disability level in 59.4% to 75.0%, regardless of their response to the SI joint block.

What kind of doctor does SI joint fusion?

Sacroiliac joint fusion is one of the newest and best procedures to provide relief for sacroiliac pain, and it is routinely performed by orthopedic surgeons at Yale Medicine.

Can I walk after SI joint fusion?

Walking is the best activity you can do after surgery and will help with your recovery progression. Movement will have keep joints and muscles flexible, reduce and improve strength and balance. Use a walker or crutches as needed when walking.