Who Should Consider SI Joint Fusion
In the medical field, the idea that pain can stem from sacroiliac joints is only now becoming accepted. Unfortunately, many physicians are uncomfortable making a diagnosis due to SI joint dysfunction slipping by imaging tests. Connecting with surgeons that are experienced with sacroiliac joint dysfunction and the benefits of joint fusion is crucial.
When you have dysfunctional sacroiliac joints due to wear and tear, inflammation, or disease, you may feel pain in numerous areas of the body, including the legs, buttocks, groin, and lower back. You may also experience pain when standing up, walking, sitting, or sleeping. This pain can negatively impact your life in many ways, which is why so many people seek treatment that can curb these symptoms.
Typically, surgeons will only attempt sacroiliac joint fusion after nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy and medication have been attempted for least eight to 12 weeks with no effect. It is important to note that the leg pain that stems from sacroiliac joint dysfunction is hard to differentiate from the pain caused by sciatica. For this reason, it is important to consult with a surgeon before jumping to any conclusions about a particular pain.
The potential benefits of sacroiliac joint fusion are:
• minimal postoperative pain
• reduced blood loss
• small incisions and minimal damage to surrounding muscle tissue
• faster recovery than open spine surgery
As with any surgery, there are risks. These risks include the failure to alleviate pain and a displacement of the pressure to the lower spine. However, when used in the proper situation and conducted by the right surgeon, this is a safe and effective minimally invasive surgical option.
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If you believe you are a candidate for SI joint fusion, please contact us for a consultation: (855) 77-SPINE.