What is SI Joint Stabilization?
In 15% – 20% of all cases of low back pain, the sacroiliac joint, known as the SI joint, is responsible for pain in the lower back, pelvic region, the buttocks or the legs. Oftentimes, this is because the SI joint becomes arthritic or its ligaments have become loose or injured, due to any number of causes. Patients typically feel intense pain in the buttocks or the area of the back just above.
In the past, SI joint stabilization treatments involved several hours of open surgery, complicated bone grafts and large incisions across the joint. Patients required several days in the hospital and even more recovery once they were at home.
Today, Minimally Invasive SpineCARE is proud to offer the most cutting-edge minimally invasive procedures currently available. For SI joint stabilization, we use the iFuse Implant System® to perform a highly advanced procedure that corrects and stabilizes the joint without complicated open surgery. Dr. Douglas Won, a pioneer in the advancement of minimally invasive surgery, is presently the only surgeon in the area with the extensive training required to perform the iFuse Implant System® procedure in order to correct issues with the SI joint.
Our Treatment Approach To SI Joint Ailments
Our minimally invasive approach usually involves three small, highly durable titanium plates that are inserted across the SI joint to stabilize it and relieve the ongoing pain and discomfort a patient may feel.
- Minimally Invasive SpineCARE uses the iFuse Implant System®, a state-of-the-art procedure that uses a guide pin to place the titanium implants across the sacroiliac joint. These small implants were specially designed to correct the SI joint by allowing the surgeon to stabilize it without the long, involved open surgery.
- The entire procedure is carefully performed through a small incision, usually along the side of your buttock. The implants fuse the heavily loaded SI joint while the full length of the surgery takes only about an hour.
- Our skilled surgeon performs this procedure in an innovative outpatient setting, with patients generally allowed to return home the same day or after just a single night.
Because of our focus on minimally invasive methods, there is usually less blood loss, less scarring and less trauma to surrounding muscles and tissue. As a result, patients generally experience faster recovery times and a speedier return to their daily life and activities.
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery
- 45,000 satisfied patients
- 98% satisfaction rate
- 3mm incision
- Less scarring
- Less blood loss
- Faster recovery time
- Shorter hospital stay
- Increased safety for patient
- Board-certified surgeons