Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
What is Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion?
In the past, the only treatment for severe cases of sacroiliac joint pain involved invasive joint fusion surgery, which required the implantation of steel rods or screws to stabilize the joint. This surgical procedure posed risks of infection, bleeding, as well as potential nerve and muscle damage. Moreover, it resulted in extended post-operative recovery periods and demonstrated limited success.
There are now innovative new approaches to addressing sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which provide patients with a minimally invasive solution to alleviate their pain. This unique approach involves implanting a single, small bone allograft—approximately the size of an almond—into the SI joint to stabilize and fuse the dysfunctional joint. Loaded with DBM (Demineralized bone matrix), this bone graft material promotes the fusion of the two bones.The entire process is carried out through a single, small incision on the patient's back, eliminating the need for any metal implants. Consequently, it offers shorter recovery times and presents a significantly safer alternative to traditional sacroiliac fusion surgeries. The posterior approach in the sacroiliac joint fusion procedure repositions the insertion point of the medical device away from nerves and large blood vessels, thereby greatly reducing the risk of nerve and muscle damage, bleeding, and infection.
Recovery and Expected Outcomes
Patients typically leave the hospital the same day of surgery and can resume daily activities within a few weeks. Some patients may experience immediate pain relief following their surgery, however, these exact results cannot be guaranteed, and results may vary. It may take up to a few weeks to fully recover, although minimally invasive sacroiliac fusion does have a shorter recovery time than traditional fusion surgeries.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion vs. Typical SacroiliacJoint Fusion
- Reduced procedure time—typically 30-60 minutes
- Minimally invasive
- Minimal tissue disruption and blood loss with posterior approach away from nerves and large blood vessels
- No metal implanted
- Same day surgery
- Reduced postoperative pain
- Reduced recovery period
Likely Candidates of Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion May Have The Following Conditions
You may be a candidate for Sacroiliac Joint Fusion and Stabilization if you experience one or more of the following conditions:
- Low Back, Hip, or Leg Pain
- Postpartum Pain
- Inability to sit for long periods of time due to pain
- Failed previous treatments or interventional therapies
Precision Pain Care uses strategies, methods and technology designed to break the cycle of pain and improve a patient’s quality of life.
- Celiac Plexus Block
- Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) stimulation
- Endoscopic Discectomy
- Endoscopic Rhizotomy
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Facet Injections and Medial Branch Blocks
- Joint Injections
- MILD Lumbar Decompression
- Minuteman Spinal Fusion Procedure
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- Spinal Infusion Pump
- Sympathetic Blocks