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When SI Joint Fusion May Be Necessary

SI joint fusion is considered for patients experiencing symptoms such as lower back pain, pelvic pain, and leg pain, often due to conditions like:

  • Degenerative sacroiliitis, an inflammation of the SI joint due to wear and tear
  • SI joint instability or hypermobility, leading to significant discomfort and reduced quality of life
  • Conditions resulting from trauma, pregnancy, or previous lumbar fusion surgery

In cases where non-surgical treatments like physical therapy, SI joint injections, or pain medications have failed to provide adequate relief, SI joint fusion may be recommended.

The Surgical Procedure

During an SI joint fusion, the patient is placed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision along the side of the buttock and uses specialized instruments to prepare the SI joint for fusion. Bone graft material is then placed in the joint to promote bone growth and fusion between the sacrum and ilium. The use of minimally invasive techniques typically results in less tissue disruption and a quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgery.

Excel Health’s Approach

At Excel Health, we are dedicated to providing advanced, minimally invasive surgical options for SI joint fusion. Our approach includes:

  • Utilizing cutting-edge imaging and surgical techniques for precise and effective treatment
  • Employing minimally invasive methods to minimize recovery time and enhance patient comfort
  • Tailoring the surgical plan to each patient’s specific condition and needs, ensuring optimal outcomes

Post-surgical Care and Recovery:

Recovery from SI joint fusion varies, but patients can generally expect a period of rehabilitation and gradual return to normal activities. Physical therapy is often an integral part of the recovery process, focusing on strengthening and stabilizing the pelvic area. Regular follow-up appointments are important to monitor the fusion process and overall recovery.

At Excel Health, our team of specialists is committed to providing comprehensive care throughout the treatment journey. From the initial consultation to postoperative recovery, our focus is on achieving the best possible outcomes for our patients, ensuring a return to a more active and pain-free lifestyle.

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