If you suffer from low back pain, you may be surprised to find that the problem may not necessarily originate in your back. In a number of patients, the pain actually comes from a damaged joint called the sacroiliac, which connects the spine and hip.
Orthopedic surgeons at Rush are now offering a minimally invasive procedure called the iFuse Implant System to fuse damaged sacroiliac joints and alleviate pain, which is caused by injury or wear and tear. Traditional treatment options include physical therapy; steroid injections, which often provide only temporary pain relief; or, in rare cases, fusion surgery, which requires a large incision across the pelvis and a lengthy recovery period.
The iFuse procedure involves placement — through a one-inch incision — of porous rods to stabilize the joint and limit pain-inducing movement. According to orthopedic spine surgeon Frank Phillips, MD, recovery time is one to two weeks, compared to six months for open fusion surgery, and the majority of patients have reported marked pain reduction.
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